To let everyone share in our excitement in their improvement, we thought we would
highlight the great progress some animals
Muffin Bennett first attended for treatment in early February 06. This followed discussions with the Cedars Vet centre in Ringwood who had operated on Muffin, and the local vets at the Lawns. Muffin needed surgery to remove a prolapsed disc in his lower back.
Daschunds have very long backs, which make them vulnerable to problems there. The disc had caused nerve damage, disabling his back legs. When Vav first saw him, he was unable to walk or even stand, and he had very little control over his bladder and bowel. After the initial chiropractic treatment to put everything in his skeleton straight, he was moving more willingly.
Muffin had lost a great deal of muscle, so we agreed a programme of hydrotherapy.
The aim was to kick-
On his first swim he had very little movement in his hind legs – only the slightest twitch in the left one. The intense programme meant that Margaret his owner had to bring him twice a week. Because she no longer drives, close friends formed a rehabilitation team with her to bring him in to swim and to continue homework exercises in between.
Progress was slow. Strength returned slowly and then movement started. At the end of February, Muffin stood on his own in t he Spa, assisted only by the bubbling water. Within two weeks he had taken his first steps in the water. By the end of March, he was standing on solid ground, trying to bring his legs underneath to walk.
At the beginning of June, Muffin could walk without aid. Although he is still a little
wobbly, he is getting stronger every week. He now works in the Water-
In cases like this, progress is often slow and sometimes difficult to see. But the dedication of owners to bring dogs for treatment pays off when you see little people like Muffin walk unaided after so long. Well done to Margaret and ‘the girls’ for their determination and commitment to Muffin’s rehabilitation.