Skip to Content

103 Chain House Lane, Whitestake, Preston, PR4 4LB, UK
Telephone: Call 01772 335930

Canine Rehabilitation: “Muscle Wastage” – swimming to stimulate voluntary movement.

Canine Rehabilitation to combat Muscle Wastage

When we first met this gorgeous border collie she had undergone surgery to repair multiple fractures of the pelvis and a hind leg, this canine rehabilitation was going to be a long and hard road.

She had been well on the way to recovery when she tried to climb out of her pen and fell, causing further damage. She could no longer move her hindquarters and the muscles were wasting away. Her vet rang Canine Therapies and said she needed a special canine rehabilitation programme as any further progress would only be achieved if we could help.

The muscle wastage was probably the worst I had seen in my 20 years of experience, and the expression on her face was one of dull acceptance.

Meg Swimming to reverse Muscle Wastage

Meg Swimming to reverse Muscle Wastage

During Meg’s first canine rehabilitation swimming session she moved one of her back legs. It was the first voluntary movement she had managed in more than a month. Moreover, by the end of that first memorable swimming session we could see the light in her eyes: her ears began to prick up and there was a tiny wag from her drooping tail. Her owners were close to tears, and so were we!

It is difficult to avoid offering too much hope in those situations, but it was apparent that the nerves were working and messages were getting through to the scrawny strands of muscle.

Over the weeks that followed Meg was swimming faster and more strongly every session. Her owners were totally committed to her swimming and brought her almost every day. She had underwater massage, magnetic pulse therapy, and supported walking practice; we tried other things too but if Meg decided she wasn’t going to do something it was almost impossible to persuade her, so her canine rehabilitation treatment plan was by mutual consent!

Meg receiving Canine Rehabilitation using Magnetic Pulse Therapy

Meg receiving Canine Rehabilitation using Magnetic Pulse Therapy

She knew the routine at Canine Therapies and did not like it changing in any way. Slowly the muscles regained tone, and began showing small increases in bulk, and Meg enjoyed showing off her walking skills at the end of each session (providing there was a suitable reward for her.) She found ways of getting around despite her hindquarters still being too weak to hold her weight for long, and she became a real star here at Canine Therapies.

A star who broke our hearts: sadly, as Meg was beginning to get back on her feet she was diagnosed with a large tumour which even she couldn’t fight. Her big personality has left a huge gap here, but we are privileged to have gained 2 more friends in her owners and to have known Meg.

“Hi Anne, Gail, Ruth and Jo,

Thanks for making Meg’s recovery so much fun for both Meg and us! The mention of swimming always got that tail wagging! It is so unfortunate that nature beat us all before Meg reached her goal of walking completely independently. We think of you all as friends now, and hope you regard us in the same way.
Kevin & Chris xx.”

If you have a dog that is suffering from a condition similar to Megs, we really want to help make any dogs life better. So, please get in touch by clicking here or by contacting us on Facebook or Twitter.

If you have any comments on this post we would love to hear from you. Please leave them in the comments box underneath...

2 Responses to “Canine Rehabilitation: “Muscle Wastage” – swimming to stimulate voluntary movement.” Leave a reply ›

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment