Our friend Ben, a greyhound, had an accident on Saturday, 15th September 2018.
From what we can tell, he was chasing a cat who must have taken a hard right turn. When Ben tried to follow (he was under cover of a line of bushes and trees at the time of the incident), his momentum carried him sideways into a tree. He emitted a huge cry of pain but was luckily able to walk home slowly before being taken to the vet within 15 minutes of the crash.
His bruising wasn’t immediately apparent because bruising takes time to come up; the vet suggested that he might also have cracked a rib during the impact.
Ben the greyhound shortly after the incident
But within a few hours, here’s what he looked like:
Ben the greyhound on 15 September 2018
I visited with him on Saturday afternoon and again on Monday (17th September) to laser him thoroughly with specific acupressure and trigger points addressed. To some extent, the laser helped to bring out the bruising and speed healing. His mum was also giving him regular rubdowns with Sore No More lotion (which I use and sell in my practice) and also dosing him Traumeel drops which I also recommend to my clients as a ‘must have’ for their First Aid kits.
And today (Wednesday, 19th September 2018), I got these lovely photos of Ben who is happily out running again in the sunshine:
It is very rewarding to be able to help dogs using my scope of practice of massage, acupressure, and laser therapies. It’s even more rewarding when the dog is also a close friend.
Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand