Lyra started her hydrotherapy sessions at the age of 7 months old. She was referred by our vets to Pam as she had an intermittent limp & stiffness, due to her bones in her front legs growing at different rates. We were advised that hydrotherapy sessions would help to build up her muscle strength & get Lyra using her legs in a better way so that she would not get sore & limp. Our family were hoping that hydrotherapy would do the trick & Lyra could exercise & walk normally without being in pain. If you have ever have had the wonderful experience of owning a cockapoo puppy- restricting their exercise is not always great as they love being out & about saying hello to everyone & other dogs. I was also hoping that this approach would avoid the need for surgery.
On our first visit, we were booked in for a consultation, so that Pam could assess what treatment was needed, get to know Lyra & introduce Lyra to the equipment she would be using- namely the underwater treadmill. Pam did a great job at putting Lyra at ease & making sure Lyra was confident to use the equipment. Lyra was very happy in her company, and cheekily spent some of her consultation appointment sitting on Pam’s scales.
When we came for our first hydrotherapy session- Lyra very happily came & did what she needed to do. There was plenty of tail wagging happening (& some sneaky water drinking in the treadmill). Lyra first had to get her legs showered down, have a harness put on, along with 2 leads. This was facilitated by Bridget- who Lyra immediately bonded with. It’s very clear that both these ladies/people (please use what you prefer) are both big dog lovers. Lyra willingly did her exercises in the underwater treadmill & quickly picked up when Bridget was starting or slowing down the treadmill. We enlisted the help of Lyra’s favourite squeaky pink ball- also known as Boris, to help motivate Lyra & keep her waking & pointing in the right direction. All went well with her first session & I think she really enjoyed herself & the attention she got. She had a very good sleep once we got back home- as despite not being on the treadmill for a really long time- it really tired Lyra out.
Lyra is now 8 months old, and has completed her first 4 weekly hydrotherapy sessions. She is still really enjoying it, and Boris the pink squeaky ball is not being used quite as much- Lyra has picked up on what to do very quickly. Pamela has done a great job on teaching her what to do & making Lyra feel confident in what she is doing. She really cares about her patients. Week 3 confused Lyra as she had to face the other way on the treadmill. Not only did she miss seeing Bridget- but she couldn’t gauge when Bridget was stopping or starting the treadmill.
The great thing is, that she is also getting better. Lyra’s hydrotherapy sessions, along with Pamela’s advice on what to do at home & when walking with her, are making a big improvement to her limp & soreness. It’s really lovely to see that Lyra is getting better & better. Fingers crossed that under Pamela’s care Lyra will continue to make great strides (excuse the pun!).