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Spring is an exciting time for most of us, pets included! Lighter nights mean more opportunities for being outdoors. To ensure a happy and safe season for your animals, take a minute to make yourself aware of hidden dangers which could lead to a poorly pet.

Buddy is a 9 year old Yorkshire terrier. In November 2017 Buddy began to limp on his left hind leg. He was x-rayed, and it was discovered that he had partially torn the cruciate ligaments in his knee. After some consideration it was decided to treat Buddy conservatively rather than opt for surgery. So he began twice weekly hydrotherapy treatment, with the aim of building up the muscle and strength in the left leg.

Exercise in this controlled manner helps give the ligaments time to heel without adding any extra pressure to the damaged leg. Buddy is a very enthusiastic little fella and thoroughly loves his doggy paddle sessions. After an initial course all seems to be going well, and signs are that the treatment is working, and Buddy will not require surgery at this stage…

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This is Ted, an 18 month old Border terrier. Ted has already won some rosettes, including “Best puppy in show” at various shows around the country last year.

This has enabled them to qualify for Crufts 2018. In order for Ted to have a good shot at winning the classes that he will be shown in at Crufts this year, we have been treating him on the underwater treadmill.

It should help to further improve his posture, gait, and strength, as well as increase his muscle tone.

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