Jake’s Story

Jake used love walks and be very joyful.

Sadly 2 years ago his owner, Sadie, noticed a change. Walks became less exciting and he became quieter, prompting a visit to see me.
During his assessment Jake showed discomfort in his back, groin, and especially his knee (stifle). He also couldn’t sit square. X-rays at his vet confirmed Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease , a common condition in dogs.
The CCL is a key ligament in the knee, vital for stability. When weakened or torn it causes pain and instability. This is a common cause of hind leg lameness in dogs impacting their mobility and quality of life.
* Reluctance to sit square
* Reluctance to exercise
* Difficulty getting up/down
* Stiffness
* Limping
* Muscle loss in the affected leg
* Pain when flexing the knee
If you notice these signs consult your vet.
Just like I’m helping Jake get back to his playful self! Don’t hesitate to contact me for more information @canine.pawsibilities

Introducing our eBook store

We are excited to introduce our new eBook store for books, guides and pamphlets all about Canine health, training and welfare. This is something new for us where we can share learning in an easily accessible format. We aim to add new titles here on a regular basis which will compliment out online and taught courses, so it’s worth checking to see if we have anything that is of particular interest!

Warm up and Cool Down massage Course

From the heart-pounding excitement of Agility and Flyball to the serene tranquility of long, scenic walks, your bond knows no bounds.

Just like us humans, our four-legged athletes need some TLC to perform their best and stay healthy. That’s where the magic of Pre-Event Warm-Up and Post-Event Cool-Down massages comes into play!

Think about it: before diving headfirst into action-packed fun, a little warm-up can do wonders. It’s like priming a well-oiled machine, ready to tackle any challenge with grace and agility. And afterwards, when the adrenaline rush settles, a soothing cool-down session is the perfect antidote to stiffness and fatigue.

So, whether your pup is a champion on the course or your trusty sidekick on epic hiking adventures, mastering these massage techniques is the key to unlocking their full potential and ensuring their well-being. After all, every superstar deserves a little pampering, don’t they?

Le Guide de Massage Canin pour Debutant

 

 

 

Get ready for an exhilarating journey as I prepare to unveil the wonders of Canine Massage in the melodious tones of my native French language!

I am excited to be able to spread the word about the incredible benefits of Canine Massage to a broader Francophone community. Together, we’ll dive into the realm of relaxation and rejuvenation for our beloved furry friends!

Whether you’re a native French speaker seeking to enhance your pup’s well-being or simply eager to polish up your French skills whilst learning invaluable skills that your dog will thank you for, this is your golden opportunity!

This will use the same tried and tested interactive format as the Beginner’s Guide to Canine Massage courses that we regularly run in English.

Head over to our Beginner’s guide to Canine Massage page to subscribe!

Online Introduction to Massage with EduZen

🐾 Exciting News! 🐾 
I am thrilled to have been invited to lead an online introduction to Canine Massage in collaboration with the EduZen Academy based in Switzerland.
Our canine companions hold a special place in our hearts, bringing boundless joy, unwavering companionship, and unconditional love. As responsible pet owners, it is our duty to ensure their well-being and happiness. I am genuinely excited to embark on this educational journey alongside a group of passionate individuals who share our commitment to enhancing the lives of our beloved dogs.
 
During this session, we will explore the art and science of canine massage, delving into various techniques and methodologies. Our focus will be on promoting relaxation, alleviating tension, and nurturing both the physical and emotional wellness of our furry friends. By understanding their unique body language and cues, we aim to forge a deeper connection with our canine companions.
 
I am looking forward to sharing my expertise and passion with this exceptional community of dog enthusiasts.

Onlinepethealth Mentorship Program

Beyond the joy of treating my amazing patients, my vision extends further: to support fellow colleagues and contribute to the growth of our industry. The journey of mentoring is a special one, a mix of nerves, challenges, and incredible rewards.

In 2023, I had the honour again of being part of the Onlinepethealth mentorship program. Today, I proudly share my 2023 Mentor Certificate, a symbol of the collective dedication to learning and supporting one another.

My heart is in promoting a supportive approach in our industry. Mentoring allows me to help colleagues develop their skills and confidence, indirectly contributing to the well-being of dogs far and wide.

The Beginner’s Guide to Canine Massage

 

On the 20th – 21st February 2024 I will be presenting the first of this year’s Beginner’s Guide to Canine Massage Course. This will be an interactive online course where you  will be able to participiate from the comfort of your own home working with your own dog.

Canine Massage  is a recognised natural therapy that can aid to release pain and aches associated with musculo-skeletal imbalance, old age, soft tissue injuries or orthopaedic conditions  in dogs. It can also help to enhance the performance of any canine athlete.

Places are limited, so head on over to the Beginner’s Guide to Canine Massage page for more details and to reserve you place.

Canine Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a degenerative condition that starts as laxity within the hip joint in the young dog, and progresses to arthritis in the aging dog. It is a painful condition that can be effectively managed with a combination of strategies, including surgery, diet, weight management, hydrotherapy,
physical rehabilitation, and environmental management.

Have you heard of Vestibular Syndrome?

Tully’s Story told by his owner, Lyn Armour

On Saturday September 10th, one week after Tully had a ball at the Blair Atholl Beardie Bounce and one day before the Scottish Branch Open Show, I went to look for Tully in the garden. We were having boiled eggs and toast for breakfast and Tully likes toast, but very unusually, he wasn’t there. I followed an alarming trail of little pools of white froth and eventually found him, wedged in a corner by the shed, covered in drool and obviously in serious trouble.

When I tried to move him, it was clear that his body was rigid, legs splayed out on either side. I didn’t register the key points, which are a head tilt and something called nystagmus, the flickering of the eyes. I phoned the vet and was told to bring him in at once.

We are very lucky here, that our local vet, Thrums, has several practices in the area and provides its own emergency cover, with 24 hour care from their own staff.

Jeremy and I moved him the only way we could, we lifted him onto a blanket and carried him between us into the car. Poor boy, it must have felt awful, because we now know that when there is a vestibular disturbance, it makes you feel extremely giddy and travel sick. We left him at the vet, where they put him on a drip to rehydrate him and also gave something for the giddiness.

The following morning, I had promised to steward at the Club show, so I headed off to Alva with my fingers crossed. It was the day Queen Elizabeth’s funeral cortege was travelling through Scotland, so some roads were closed. I got there, but a very short time later, the emergency vet phoned and told me that he thought Tully’s condition was deteriorating. He thought we should be prepared to let him go.

Liz Gault very kindly agreed to take over stewarding, and I headed home to pick up Jeremy and go to the vet surgery. When we got there, Tully was lying propped on his elbows in a kennel, looking quite normal, so we turned to the vet for his explanation.

Apparently, there are two types of nystagmus, horizontal (sometimes almost circular) and vertical. The two types indicate which part of the brain is affected. Horizontal is normally peripheral brain, vertical is central brain, much more dangerous. The vet thought he had seen the vertical type, although he wasn’t absolutely certain that it wasn’t circular. But his main concern was that, even though Tully was no longer drooling, no longer had the nystagmus and not even much of a head tilt, he was still unable to move. His legs were still splayed and not responding to contact with the ground.

The vet was very concerned that either the central brain or the spinal column was involved. He advised us that we were unlikely to see much more improvement if that was the case and that, if there was no further improvement within 24 hours, we should ‘consider his welfare’. We all know what that little phrase means!

So we took Tully home, still with the line attached to his right wrist, ready to be pts if necessary on the following day. Here’s when the everyday miracle happened!

Because I had left the show to go to Tully, several people got in touch to ask how things were. When I told them, I was advised to contact Shelagh Walker (Douglasdale), as one of her dogs had suffered this during lockdown. I messaged Shelagh and sat by the phone, postponing that fateful call to the vet as long as I possibly could. And then the phone rang and it was Shelagh.

I’m still in tears remembering that call. Shelagh told me the story of her own Hayley, then fifteen years old, but thirteen when she had her episode. She told me, so calmly, to “just give him time”. She also put me in touch with a Facebook group, which has been wonderful.

So we were able, with greater understanding of the different ways this syndrome can present and be interpreted, to give Tully the time he needed to make a recovery. We got hold of a LiftEmUp harness, which let me get him outside to toilet. We made him bone broth, which he lapped up, when he was still unwilling to eat.

By Wednesday, he was able to lift a leg to wee. On Thursday, we took him up to Stonehaven to meet Agnes Campan of Canine Pawsibilities. Her physio and massage techniques were mind-blowing! Within the space of that hour, and with the help of a packet of Co-op cocktail sausages, Tully went from taking a few wobbly steps, to managing circles in both directions, to coping with a couple of cavaletti within a large figure of 8. Even to doing some straight trotting with a blindfold! Agnes has studied the condition with specialists in Europe and her treatment left me stunned and eternally grateful.

From that day on, Tully has gone from strength to strength. There may be some underlying condition, after all he is thirteen and a half; but he is a happy boy, enjoying life to the full and we treasure each day. He’s on his third life now and we couldn’t be more grateful.

BGTCM – April 2023

Earlier this week I ran my first Beginner’s Guide to Canine Massage Online course for 2023.

My thanks to the students that enrolled and took this course over a period of two evenings.

Running the course on a weekday evening is proving popular as its allowing people with work commitments to attend.

I will be running another course on the 13th and 14th of June.