Meanwood – November 2017
This is Stella, an 8-year-old dog, who is the Meanwood surgery Pet of the Month for November 2017.
Stella first came to see us back in early 2016. She had already had quite a time of it, having previously had two cruciate repairs and suffered from allergies. She had also moved to Leeds after starting life over in America. Fortunately, since registering with Yorkshire Vets, Stella had largely been healthy. 18 months after her first visit, however, Stella came back in to see us with a lameness of her left foreleg.
Our initial suspicion was that Stella may be suffering from arthritis. We gave her some pain relief and advised a week of restricted exercise to see if this would help. Sadly this had no effect on her lameness. To confirm our suspicions, we booked Stella in for x-rays over at our Thornbury hospital. These x-rays confirmed that Stella had started to develop arthritis in both elbows of her forelegs. Unfortunately, this is not a curable condition, but we can usually manage it well with pain relief and joint support supplements. We are also able to offer acupuncture, which can reduce the reliance on medications that can have longer-term health implications.
Following her return home, Stella began to struggle with her medication. She was suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting, which meant that she had to cut back on her medication. At this stage, Stella began to attend regular acupuncture sessions with Helen here at Meanwood. She was also able to start taking her joint supplements again. Over the following weeks, Stella began to show great improvement. She would occasionally have episodes of slight lameness, but these were easily controlled with small amounts of pain relief.
Stella most recently visited us at the start of November and is now doing remarkably well. We are now able to control her arthritis exclusively through acupuncture and she has been medication free over the last couple of weeks, which is fantastic. Because of her continued patience throughout her treatment, we think Stella is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Stella!