Case Studies

Zola Shearing

Pets Age: 
4 year old 4 months
Pet Type: 
Female Neutered, Greyhound

At the time of writing, Zola is a 4 year 4 month old, female neutered, Greyhound. She started attending the Smart Clinic in October 2013 and has had 10 appointments over 2.5 months to date.Her presenting sign was that she showed an on-going low grade left fore lameness. This had been un-responsive to Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory treatment (Meloxicam). The lameness first materialised in June 2013 following a very active beach holiday and may have coincided with a fall on the beach which included an awkward landing.

Winston Smith

Pets Age: 
10 year old
Pet Type: 
Male, German Shepherd
Problem: 
Fibrocartilaginous Embolism

Winston is a 10 year old Male White German Shepherd Dog. He started to have mobility problems earlier this year in the form of bilateral hip and stifle osteoarthritis. In mid-August he became acutely paraplegic. After 24 hours a degree of left hind function had recovered but he continued to be monoplegic in the right hind. Poor core stability and his concurrent degenerative joint disease lead to inability to recruit his hind limbs into a functional gait pattern.  His owner had invested in a hind limb cart and had started to take him out in this.

Turf

Pets Age: 
3 year old
Pet Type: 
Male, Border Collie
Problem: 
Strain of the iliopsoas muscle
Treatment: 
Acupuncture, physiotherapy, and ultrasound

Turf first presented at the SMART Clinic in July 2011. Although he had competed successfully in 2010, his performance had deteriorated and subsequently he started to limp on both hind legs. Jayne, his owner, had developed a good working relationship with Turf since he was a pup and recognised immediately that something was wrong, despite the fact that he remained extremely keen to work. A visit to her local veterinary surgeon failed to identify the source of his lameness and he responded poorly to the conventional remedy of rest and pain killing medication.

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