Tater Tot

Our little Keeshond was diagnosed with Copper storage disease when she was just 7 years old, it greatly affected her brain and all of her motor functions. She could no longer climb up in her chair or jump onto the bed. She was very weak, lost all of her muscle tone. Our veterinarian suggested we start some physical therapy. Tater enjoyed her sessions three times a week. She loved to go see the staff, we practiced many strengthening exercises on the fit balls, walking on the treadmill, cavaletti’s and many different core stretches. We were sent home with exercises to do daily. They were actually a lot of fun! Within just a month my girl was back to jumping into bed at night, we were so impressed with her success. I hate to think what would have happened if we didn’t bring her, it was a godsend. Read More

Stumpy

Stumpy, our miniature dachshund at nearly 12 years old was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) after waking up paralyzed on April 28th, 2020. At the emergency vet, we were told that surgery was his only option to regain the ability to walk. However, because of his age and high grade of IVDD, his chances of success from surgery were very low and euthanizing him was recommended, which was not an option for us.

We got a second opinion at the Sacramento Animal Hospital (SAH) and they recommended physical therapy and pain management as an alternative option. Stumpy started physical therapy with Doctor’s Erin True and Lesley Scheblein at the end of May. Some of the exercises consisted of passive range of motion for his back legs, strength training, and massages. He also had therapy with a TENs machine, laser treatments, and heating/icing his back.

By the middle of July, he was able to put weight on his rear legs, with some support, but was still not able to stand on his own. In August, we noticed that he started using his rear left leg to gain momentum in his wheelchair. By September, he was able to stand in place but could not walk so he continued using his wheelchair around the house. October 1st, 2020 was the last day of his physical therapy sessions. We continued all of the exercises given by the doctors and by November, Stumpy started walking and in December, he started running! Neither was perfect or graceful in any way but a miracle nonetheless.

When we learned SAH was expanding and opening the Animal Rehabilitation Center (ARC), we scheduled an appointment right away to see if there were any other physical therapy options for him. In September 2021, he started his underwater treadmill therapy at ARC and has started showing even more improvement with only a few sessions. It has been a long recovery but thanks to all of the continued support, prayers, and the wonderful staff at SAH and ARC, who have taken such great care of Stumpy, his recovery has truly been a blessing.



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