Spike has been visiting Aqua Paws Hydrotherapy for some time now and has become a huge fan, squealing in delight when he realises they areheading towards Balmacewen Road! We asked his mum Dorothy to share his story with you.
Spikes journey to a better quality of life with Aqua Paws 19th September 2019
Over the Christmas break in 2018 we noticed Spike slowing down dramatically and also struggling to get up on the couch or bed for cuddles. He also became very lethargic and seemed down, we were worried, he was 12 years old and we wanted him to be happy in his retirement. Having never had a dog before I was unaware of the implications of arthritis in canines and what could be done to help, and then I was recommended Krystle at Aqua Paws by fellow fur mum Laura from Boss Hair. We started seeing Krystle in March of this year and after the first session we noticed a difference, although a little stiff he was moving more freely and seemed looser. Since then he has just gotten better and better. He stands up straighter, moves more easily and gets up on the couch and bed for cuddles again. Within a couple of weeks he was play bowing again at his playmate Harry and being a mischievous goose, hide and seek in the bushes in the garden and able to go for short walks. In June Krystle recommended seeing a vet to investigate trying anti inflammatories which also might help with his mobility, after checking with the vet that his heart murmur was not going to be an issue he started on them as well, within a couple of weeks he improved even more. We cannot be grateful enough to Krystle and Louise for the care and love they have shown our old man, his quality of life has drastically improved and it’s such a pleasure to watch him enjoy life again. He loves coming for his sessions and whines and sings with excitement on the way there. Spike is turning 13 years old this Saturday and he is a big part of our family, old age is no barrier to enjoying his retirement with us and we hope many more families will take advantage of the incredible service and wonderful team at Aqua Paws.
Update 28th January 2020
Spike has been steadily improving with Krystle’s therapy and her fantastic advice. We are down from 20mg of Metacam to 12.5mg and he is also now on the recommended 4cyte. He is having a lot more good days than bad, trotting in the morning excited for breakfast and wanting to play with us and his playmate Harry. He has done some knuckling over in therapy and his back legs have started to slide out on slippery surfaces so we also took Krystle’s advice on installing many rugs around our new house that has many non-carpeted floors to eliminate the slide factor. As well as the rugs we have been back stroking him to help stimulate the nerves in his back legs and spine, we have to do this outside as the contrary old man just barks if we try to do this inside. Krystle also advised us that with our new house being 2 story he would be safer downstairs so we installed a baby gate at the bottom of the stairs. Spike has been set up with his favourite fluffy blanket and new orthopaedic bed in the lounge. His level of exercise has increased with the new level garden and getting undisturbed sleep. He is extremely happy in his retirement and without the care and advice from Krystle I dread to think where we would be now instead of enjoying our daft old man.