Recovery of Fibrocartilaginous Embolism in Dogs. We’re looking back at the patient story of Daina, diagnosed with “Fibrocartilaginous Embolism and was referred for specialist hydrotherapy treatment at CS Hydro Physio. Daina is now loves running around the field as normal, Daina’s mum Louise shares her story.
By Daina’s mum, Louise R.
Recovery of fibrocartilaginous embolism in dogs patient story of Daina, a 5-year-old Great Dane. She was diagnosed with “Fibrocartilaginous Embolism” which we learnt was a mini stroke that’s very rare and can happen to any breed but generally larger ones. The vet said she will get better with hydrotherapy, massage and exercise!
Caroline was absolutely fabulous. She warmly welcomed us and examined Daina very gently and immediately built a rapport with her. She diagnosed Daina’s condition as the third vertebrae, which was correct. I was extremely impressed and couldn’t wait to start. Caroline explained all the rules very clearly and we were in no doubt as to our part in the process. She measured Daina all over to record the improvement in weeks to come.
Caroline showered her and put a huge life jacket on her, but Daina was petrified. We very gently coaxed her into the water, and she splashed madly for 30 seconds and was exhausted. It took her about 5 minutes to recover, but Caroline was fantastic with her talking to her all the time and massaging her leg and holding her firmly so she felt secure. Daina swam for a total of I believe 4 1/2 minutes during her first session for 30 seconds a time. Caroline then gave her a shampoo and shower, towel dry and wrapped Daina up in her new padded jacket to keep her warm on the way home.
We continued to go for a 1-hour session once a week, and the improvement has been absolutely phenomenal, way beyond our wildest expectations. 16 weeks later, Daina has increased the size of her forelegs, shoulders, abdomen and hind legs all by 2 cm each. She’s walking with only a slight limp and loves running around the field as normal.
We are delighted with Caroline’s professionalism and care for Daina’s health and welfare. Each week we begin with a discussion on how she was after the last session, how she’s been in the week, etc. I have recommended Caroline to several people who are equally impressed with her outstanding customer service and animal care.’
Veterinary Physiotherapist, Caroline said:
“When Daina arrived at CS Hydro Physio she was recovering from Fibrocartilaginous Embolism. Hydrotherapy treatment was the ideas treatment for Diana, whom made a very good recovery.
The buoyancy of the water makes walking on the treadmill or swimming across the pool a zero impact exercise, which means Diana would exercise without causing further damage. Diana is an amazing Great Daine and I’m so pleased to see enjoying running around again as normal.”
How does Hydrotherapy do for Fibrocartilaginous Embolism recovery?
Hydrotherapy for Fibrocartilaginous Embolism recovery as the name implies, is the use of water for treatment. Two types of hydrotherapy exist: an underwater treadmill, where the dog benefits from the water’s resistance to walk on a moving belt beneath the water’s surface, and deep-end immersion, where the dog freely moves his or her legs to swim either in place or across the pool with the help of a therapist. This form of exercise has countless benefits for dogs suffering painful joint or muscle conditions.
The pools at CS Hydro Physio are generally heated to 90 – 100F and the warm water helps loosen stiff muscles and reduce joint inflammation. The buoyancy of the water makes walking on the treadmill or swimming across the pool a zero-impact exercise, which means the dog can stretch out stiff muscles without the accompanying pain associated with bearing weight on the affected limbs.
The resistance of the water helps strengthen and build muscles to support the surrounding joints, as well. Exercising in water can promote weight loss faster than dry-land activities, which can also ultimately benefit an canine that has suffered an Fibrocartilaginous Embolism. As weight loss occurs, less impact is placed on affected joints which leads to decreased pain.
In some instances, the dog is fitted in a special life vest or harness while a handler helps the dog move across the pool. Specially designed exercises will be performed that are specific to your dog’s condition. The hydrotherapy therapist will also be able to locate areas of swelling on your dog’s body and help flush the inflammation away with the help of the water.
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