Lottie learns to swim

photo 3photo 5  Lottie loved paddling, but was just not brave enough to venture out of her depth. Her owners wanted her to learn to swim as they were sure she’d enjoy it once she got started, and because they wanted to know she would be safe if she should fall into the nearby canal or reservoir.

Fortunately, they didn’t make the same mistake many others do and simply throw her in. Sure, most dogs will manage to stay afloat with frantic, inefficient kicking (as will most people, for a short time), but that’s a world away from a strong and effective purposeful swimming stroke. We are sad to say that we regularly meet dogs coming to help get over a real fear of water which started when they were thrown or fell in, often with their owner’s best intentions.

Lottie came for a learn-to-swim session and proved to be a quick learner- here she is in the second picture the very next day!

Call us on 01484 450022 if you would like to know more about swimming sessions for your dog.



Tara joins the Hall of Fame

We are delighted to introduce you to Tara. This brave lady battled to recover from paralysis of all four legs after being struck down with a rare disease without warning or any known cause.


tara's merry christmas

Dora: the dog with (at least) three guardian angels

Dora in the recovery ward

This is Dora. She was out running with her owner when she was attacked by three bigger dogs, and horribly injured. No fewer than three separate ‘guardian angels’ combined to save her life- one of which was another dog.Read her story on the Animal Rehabilitation Centre website where her case study is posted under ‘our patients’.


Strut your mutt!

What are you up to next Sunday? If the answer is ‘nothing much’ or even if you did have plans, why not come and join the Donaldson’s Vets team as we raise money for a local dog charity at our sponsored Mutt Strut?

Two different walk routes are available, refreshments are provided and you can enter our fabulous raffle as well. There’s even a prize for the dog who raises the most money!

Check out the details below and get entered. We’ll see you there!

mutt strut

Running with Reuben

ReubenWe have a coffee break quiz for you today….

Q: One of these two dogs was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia and hip dysplasia at only six months of age. The other more lucky chap has been healthy and sound all his life. Can you spot the patient?

A: Reuben (left) is the patient, seen here chasing his brother. He would like you all to know that neither hip nor elbow dysplasia is a death sentence for dogs like him. ARC can help.


Doggy dash for life 2014

Rhona and Corran finish the doggy dashCalling all our canine friends- could you join us at the 2014 Doggy Dash for Life and raise money for Cancer Research UK?

It’s a great day out- you get to walk, jog or dash round Hollingworth Lake with your human, and receive a doggy goody bag too! Your human just needs to fill in the application form and get friends to sponsor you (as well as doing a little bit of training to avoid embarrassing you, of course…..)

See you there!

Doggy Dash application 2014

Sponsor form 2014 Doggy Dash For Life webhosting info .

Ruby is back on track!

This is Ruby, the most recently inducted member of our Hall of Fame.

Ruby suffered a nasty injury four months ago where she damaged her stifle (knee) badly, including dislocating her patella or kneecap. She needed a major operation to repair the joint and her home veterinary practice then referred her to ARC to make sure she got the rehab she needed to get back to her very best.

Young, slim and athletic, Ruby was keen to get stuck in and was a model patient, while her owners worked hard at home as well as attending her underwater treadmill training sessions. We were able to guide Ruby through a progressive programme to optimise her recovery.

We are proud to say she has been signed off this week and is back to full activity with her doggy buddies. It’s hard work being a speed merchant you know…… best have a nap 😉

Share a smile..

We’d like to share a smile with all our friends and followers today:-

I kicked cancer's ass!

Gypsy, you so did! domain ip . domain webhosting info web archive .

Agility star Sampson shows where there’s a will……..

Sampson qualifies for Olympia

Regular followers of our blog will have met Sampson before. An accomplished dog agility competitor, Sampson was well on his way to the top when he injured his back badly in an unfortunate accident. In serious pain (and not terribly happy to let those nasty vet people touch him!), everything suddenly looked bleak. His owner Penny arrived at ARC very anxious about his day to day life, let alone his agility career.

It’s been quite a long road to recovery for Sampson, and we can’t emphasise enough that while we at ARC have played our part in diagnosing, analysing and directing operations, it’s Sampson and Penny that have done the true hard work. Every day they have worked together under our guidance carrying out Sampson’s physiotherapy exercises, come rain or shine. color palette With tremendous patience he has built tremendous core strength and re-learned to control his muscles and balance and build his speed and power back up one step at a time.

Sampson’s first tentative steps back into the ring a couple of months ago were nerve wracking for Penny (although apparently less so for Sampson, who left his competition standing in lower- ranked any-size and anything-but-collie agility competitions!) A return to high level competition had seemed an unreachable dream, and we would have been happy with simple runs for fun and mental stimulation. However, Sampson and Penny are an amazing team, and the tireless hours they put in have taken them far past that level. Two weeks ago, Sampson took the final win he needed to be promoted to Grade 7, the highest level in dog agility and keenly sought after. list of sites A week later, he topped that off with an overall win in the semi-finals, which qualifies him for this year’s Kennel Club Agility final at Olympia in December with just a handful of Britain’s elite canine competitors! Watch out for him on TV on December 18th and join us in cheering him on.

Sampson and Penny, we’re so proud of you, and we hope you inspire our canine (and human) friends not to give up when injury strikes.

Pushing back the boundaries in neuro rehab

Neurological problems can be devastating for animals, leaving them weak, paralysed or unable to co-ordinate their movements. Sometimes major surgery is needed for patients with problems such as ruptured intervertebral discs or spinal fractures. It used to be considered that as nerves tend to heal less well than say for example, skin or bone, that the chances of recovery were always poor. We know now that our patients’ nervous systems, like our own, have spare capacity and are far more plastic and adaptable than we realised, and that with the right help early in the course of injury, some patients can make amazing recoveries. However, extreme care is needed, for the wrong activities, no matter how well intentioned, can make things worse instead of better. A couple of weeks ago, Rhona was part of a small group of rehab vets and physiotherapists taking part in a seminar in Cardiff looking at the latest scientific research and techniques in treating patients with neurological injuries and diseases in order to help more animals like Shadow. Shadow suffered a major spinal injury when a herniated disc left him paralysed for several weeks even though emergency specialist surgery went as well as possible, but with his owner’s commitment and ARC’s help he recovered the ability to walk again.