Teddy has had another good week; he’s still getting used to being an amputee, however.
Jill and his acupuncture vet, Susanne, both noticed that Teddy was hopping on his right hind leg – balancing mostly on the stronger left side. By the time I saw Teddy on Friday, Teddy was already improving thanks to acupuncture and an osteopathic adjustment. I spent most of his massage session working on tension in his upper thoracic spine, and giving his hind legs a good stretch.
Because Teddy still needs to be confined, without the opportunity to engage in lots of vigorous off-lead exercise, Jill has found some novel ways of getting Teddy around the house and their lifestyle block.
She started with his crate and a flat deck trolley (a dolly to those in North America)…
and added Teddy for a trip around the house…
…and then she purchased him a pram on Trade Me (New Zealand’s equivalent of eBay) and can take him around the paddocks with the other Beagles.
The pram has an added benefit, too. Teddy has to balance in it because of how it rides on springs. This is helping him build strength in his core – essential to achieve our goals for rehabilitation.
Tell me what you think of Teddy’s wheels!
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand