Meet Sponge, a nine year old Collie-cross, who was referred to us after she sadly lost the ability to walk. After a range of neurological and pathological tests, Sponge was diagnosed with a neurological disease called Idiopathic Polyradiculoneuritis.
The disease affects the peripheral nervous system and manifests itself most commonly through the loss of movement in the front and back legs.
It took six months of hydrotherapy sessions combined with physiotherapy treatment before Sponge was able to walk again. She will continue to need regular hydrotherapy in the form of water treadmill exercise sessions to increase the tone and strength of her muscles, but we are pleased that Sponge has finally found her feet!
The commitment and dedication of Sponge’s owner Jenny has been outstanding throughout Sponge’s diagnosis and treatment.
This combined with our support means that Sponge is now leading a normal life again, and managed to overcome the disease which left her unable to move.
How a dog will recover from Idiopathic Polyradiculoneuritis is not apparent straight away and so the perseverance of its owner and veterinary staff is needed to try and improve the dog’s movement.
(Right, Sponge on the water treadmill, enjoying a work out!)
There is no effective treatment other than nursing care but as Sponge’s case proves, a combination of hydrotherapy and physiotherapy can restore the patient to full health.