quinnsAn August summer evening and a little slip, perhaps five stairs or so, nothing too drastic. She was stiff on the up take after that, and later staggering on her way for nightly duties. But, no movement in the morning. Her last attempt was to address the stairs to reach us, but in vain, and she laid there pretty much helpless. That was the first week of August 2007.

A hurried trip to the Emergency Animal Clinic. Of course, the occurrence was a typical weekend one. A quick look, no medication for any pain relief. A grave outlook was predicted and received with, "we won't give up on our Quinnie." (So sweet, no complaints, and so very compliant.)

A trip to her Vet, and although initially a short recovery was anticipated this was not to be. Talk of alternatives, of which there were three; the last, "nobody wants to talk about." We opted for the first, with support and encouragement, which amounted to a four week Atlantic Veterinary Hospital stay. Very special care there, an optimistic prognosis, and anticipation of a lengthy recovery period.

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PolitaOn December 27th 2011, our beloved Polita, a 25 kg. mixed female dog seven years old that came to our lives through the local shelter, suffered a very serious accident (Carpal hyperextension) while walking cross-country by the neighborhood. Unfortunately, during the first couple of days we did not understand the magnitude of the problem until we accessed some information via internet and consulted her vet; this accident would affect negatively the quality of life of all the entire family. After many consultations and taking into account that there were not the proper diagnostic media locally, we decided that Polita and I would have to go to Colombia on January 22nd in order to perform a ligament replacement surgery which was very traumatic in terms of physical traumatism and postoperative care and time, but in any case much less traumatic than the arthrodesis or the pan-arthrodesis, the most common option.

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kiloIn January, 2010 our 3 ½ year old chocolate Labrador, Kilo, was hit by a truck. He received extensive injuries and required several days in an intensive care veterinary hospital. Although his many injuries eventually healed, the blow to the nerve center in his right front shoulder left his paw useless. It was suggested at one point that his leg be amputated. We were against having radical surgery and began to explore other alternatives. Kilo was becoming more and more despondent as he was unable to walk, run, play or swim. One of the options we had was to hook up with Jeff and his incredible team via our rehabilitave specialist. In July of 2010 we received a custom made rigid brace constructed by Jeff. Upon fitting it on Kilo's leg he immediately sat up and was off and running with his best friend. Although still paralysed in his lower limb, it IS getting better and the upper and middle part of the leg is becoming stronger. It is still early in the recovery and who knows what will happen. Jeff has worked very hard with us to find an alternative and we seem to have been very successful. Kilo even had an incredible swim effort this summer and to our amazement didn't miss a beat. Many thanks to Jeff and the K9-team. Through his efforts Kilo has been given a new lease on life.

Dave and Carol Olson

Victoria, B.C.

In January, 2010 our 3 ½ year old chocolate Labrador, Kilo, was hit by a truck.  He received extensive injuries and required several days in an intensive care veterinary hospital.  Although his many injuries eventually healed, the blow to the nerve center in his right front shoulder left his paw useless.  It was suggested at one point that his leg be amputated.  We were against having radical surgery and began to explore other alternatives.  Kilo was becoming more and more despondent as he was unable to walk, run, play or swim.  One of the options we had was to hook up with Jeff and his incredible team via our rehabilitave specialist.  In July of 2010 we received a custom made rigid brace constructed by Jeff.  Upon fitting it on Kilo’s leg he immediately sat up and was off and running with his best friend.  Although still paralysed in his lower limb, it IS getting better and the upper and middle part of the leg is becoming stronger.  It is still early in the recovery and who knows what will happen.  Jeff has worked very hard with us to find an alternative and we seem to have been very successful.  Kilo even had an incredible swim effort this summer and to our amazement didn’t miss a beat.  Many thanks to Jeff and the K9-team.  Through his efforts Kilo has been given a new lease on life.

 

Dave and Carol Olson

Victoria, B.C.
mokkaMokka is a 7 year old, slightly overweight, American Pit Bull Terrier-Well not overweight anymore.

Mokka was diagnosed with ACL tears in both knees in November 09. The emergency vet recommended immediate surgery for treatment. I took her to my

vet and got the same diagnoses and suggestion of treatment. I decided to look online for more information as there were several types of surgery options and I wanted what was best. While online I discovered Orthotics as an alternate and sometimes complimentary to surgery. I decided to go with rest and orthotics as a primary treatment and also discovered Jeff.

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bailyOur super large goofy standard poodle, Bailey "Badboy" James lost his left hind paw 3 years ago in an unfortunate accident. For more than a year, his heavily bandaged stump was constantly monitored but abrasions would form and bleed if Bailey tried to run or put too much pressure on the stump. Being less than 2 years old it was a huge blow to his confidence to be restricted to the home back yard. He was eventually fitted with a custom-made leg brace by Jeff Collins of K-9 Orthotics. After minor adjustments, the permanent leg-brace has given Bailey effective independence. He now, with the exception of vigorous execise, leads the life of a normal active dog without pain and discomfort. He likes chasing after birds in the back garden, climbing up and down stairs without difficulty, and moves around without realizing that he has a leg- brace instead of a left hind paw. The leg-brace is light, durable and relatively easy to put on or take off. It's hilarious seeing him try to scratch his ear with it. The leg-brace has restored even weight distribution between all his legs which is important for such a large and leggy dog. From the owners' perspective, Jeff and his team at K-9 Orthotics have been a great source of knowledge and help to our much loved "Badboy". We would strongly recommend K-9 Orthotics to anyone who has a pet that needs help with orthotics or prosthetics.

Shanti and Don James

Carstairs, Alberta

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