Thank you so much to Petra Ford and Aqua Dog Rehab for her continued support through my dog's 2 TPLO surgeries. Despite Terra's physical challenges, what Petra has taught me has allowed us to do what we love best, which is compete in canine musical freestyle! Terra is the first dog to earn a Premier Title from MDSA, and also the first dog to earn a Grand Champion Title from RFE. Thanks again Petra, and enjoy the Car Wash!!
King is a 2-year old Domestic Short Hair Feline that suffered a right hind tarsal injury after jumping out of the owners arms. There was significant instability to the tarsal joint due to ligamentous damage and surgery was not an option for the owners. King’s leg was placed in a splint for 3 weeks and he was confined.
Bella tore her Cranial Cruciate Ligament (“CCL”) running around her yard. She was practically on three legs when she first started with Aqua Dog and a bit overweight. Angelo was interested in conservative management rather than surgery.
Our six year old Curly Coated Retriever, Tara was diagnosed with right shoulder and hip lameness.
Before the lameness occurred Tara was very active in Lure Coursing, Field training and Competition Obedience. We noticed a decline in Tara's drive physically and a lack in her enthusiasm which affected her over all performance. When the lameness presented it's self we took Tara to Aqua Dog for an evaluation by Dr. Kris.
Pierce was pulled off death row at a high kill shelter in Georgia a year and a half ago by Kodi's Club Rottweiler Rescue. He was given basic veterinary care and then endured two months of heartworm treatment as he was positive for heartworms. We adopted him from Kodi's Club and immediately noticed a slight limp on his right front leg and a misshapen left rear hock. He loved to run and chase balls in the yard and play with his sister- another Kodi's Clubber from Georgia. Last spring we noticed the limp getting worse and he was favoring his left rear leg- sometimes not even putting weight on it. We took him for X-Rays and a consultation with Dr. David Puerto at CARES in Langhorn PA. We learned he has elbow dysplasia in both front legs, osteochondrosis dissicans in the left rear hock, and arthritis. As Dr. Kris pointed out "He is a hot mess". The good news is that his hips are good. Surgery was recommended.
Several months ago he was diagnosed with a Cranial Cruciate Ligament (“CCL”) rupture. Several veterinarians said that Bailey was not a candidate for surgical repair. At the time Bailey was not putting weight on the leg, required assistance to walk, fell frequently and needed help getting into and out of the car. Bailey’s owners were looking into buying a harness for Bailey to help him walk. Eventually a vet recommended physical therapy.
When my dog, Indy, was diagnosed with luxating patella on both hind knees at 10 months old, I asked around for recommendations for 2nd opinions. We were referred to Dr. Kris of Aqua Dog Rehabilitation. After examining Indy, she lay down the bare facts. Both knees were luxating, grade 2 and 3. The right leg had started to atrophy due to my boy favoring it. Since Indy is somewhat timid, Dr. Kris had him go into the underwater treadmill tank to get familiarize.
We were three-time Aqua Dog customers and highly recommend their services and their expert, compassionate personnel to any dog owner who will listen to us.
I’m not entirely sure how my Rich and I heard of Aqua Dog after Milo’s first surgery in 2007 for a complete ACL tear in his back left leg. It wasn’t from our vet, who did the surgery. But being dog people and DINKs with no college funds to worry about depleting- and because both of us had had knee surgeries, we understood how important post-operative therapy could be, even for a dog.
Wolfe fell in July. The emergency vet clinic thought he injured his back and wanted to do an MRI which is ridiculously expensive. Our regular vet recommended physical therapy and we took Wolfe to Aqua Dog where he received laser therapy and walked on an underwater tread mill to strengthen his hind quarters. CLICK READ MORE to see the video that Eve's son John Shea put together, “the new Wolfe”.
When we found out that Molly ruptured both of her cruciate knee ligaments, her surgeon advised us that, after surgery, she would walk again, but that she most likely wouldn’t run again. As you can see by her picture, Molly now runs like the wind, and, if you can imagine, even better than before.