Riley Simpson is an 8 year old female Rottweiler who had a sudden onset of paralysis of her rear legs with no deep pain.
Riley was rushed into surgery to alleviate the pressure on her spinal cord. Unfortunately, Riley did not regain her deep pain sensation and would be permanently paralyzed. The Simpsons sought out the help of Aqua Dog Rehabilitation.
Our ten year-old yellow Labrador retriever, Zeke, developed a bacterial infection in his spine, which rendered his hind legs immobile. We rushed him to the animal hospital where he remained for nineteen days while he was being treated for the spinal infection, pneumonia, and a urinary track infection. We thought we were going to lose him. He was weak and could not stand or walk, so our canine neurologist highly recommended Aqua Dog for physical therapy and we started his sessions immediately.
On 12/9/13 my 6 yr. old pomeranian Frisco, a puppy mill survivor, underwent surgery to repair to severely herniated discs in his neck. Surgery was our only option, as he had gotten to the point where he could no longer stand or walk.
With an 85-95% success rate for the surgery, we went with it. Although I knew it would be a rough recovery I had no idea until after what state he would be in. He was basically paralyzed, from the neck down. He couldn’t hold his head up, let alone stand or walk. He didn’t have bladder control either, we needed to express his bladder for him. It was tough.
We knew rehabilitation was key to his recovery. One month after surgery he went to his first session at Aqua Dog. Petra and Robin were wonderful, accessing what his limitations were, and right away started working with him! This was the start of his miraculous recovery!
Just wanted to tell everyone about my journey through Aqua Dog. I was diagnosed with a herniated disk in June of 2013, which left me not able to stand or walk. I had surgery that month and waited 16 weeks to recuperate. Unfortunately, that didn't happen! So, shortly thereafter, my parents decided to take me to Aqua Dog.
A year ago my mom brought me to you and thought maybe you could help put me back together. I had had cancer surgery and follow-up but Mom said we can do much better. So off I went to the water tank. I know I gave you all a hard time during my walks in the under water treadmill, but that's my style. My twin, Presto, is much better about these things and of course is the good twin and I play the part of the evil twin, but boy do I ever have fun.
At any rate, I want to thank you for putting me back together in such a way that the good muscle/nerves began to work and compensated for the injury that was giving me such fits and starts.
Daisy is doing pretty well, we're still using the e-stim unit on her, she goes for a 3 mile walk every morning, plus 3 or 4 other walks throughout the day. We got her a flotation vest, so she can swim again, and she loves that. We've put her on a "grain free" dog food and add the Longevity Formula by Springtime to it and some Apple Cidar Vinegar. Her weight is holding at 65lbs. She is amazingly strong and healthy and happy. I also wanted to thank you, so much, for all you did for Daisy and us. Out of everyone we've dealt with through this whole thing, you we're the most helpful, most concerned and caring person, we will never forget how wonderful you were to Daisy and us.