At 9 months old Bella started screaming in pain when she woke up from a sleep, having previously been out walking. We went to the vet and she had x-rays taken and was diagnosed with severe bilateral hip dysplasia.
Bella was referred to an orthopaedic surgeon for further investigations and possible hip replacement surgery. Thankfully my brilliant vets also suggested taking Bella for physiotherapy/hydrotherapy, to build up her muscles around the hip socket, which would be helpful both before and after any surgery.
We met up with Carol Ann for Bella's initial session and started Bella on her physiotherapy program (which included hydrotherapy treadmill) straight away.
Shortly after, Bella visited the referral surgeon, who wanted to refer her onto another surgeon who purely deals with hip replacements. There was a wait for this and Bella continued with regular hydrotherapy sessions.
Before meeting Carol Ann, and then Nina (who does Bella’s fortnightly sessions) , Bella was on pain medications, she was restricted to three 10 min lead walks on a flat surface per day, she wasn’t allowed to jump into or out of the car, onto the sofa, play with my other dogs or run loose around the garden.
Fast forward six months: Bella now runs off lead with my other dogs, leads a normal active life, is on no medication other than a Yumove supplement, no longer screams from any pain, and when she saw the surgeon he was so impressed he didn’t feel it necessary to go ahead with surgery!
We can’t thank Carol Ann and Nina enough and would definitely recommend anyone in a similar position trying hydrotherapy at Valiant Vet Physio before going down the surgery route!