Oakdale, MN (PRWEB) August 28, 2013
In March, Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota (AERC) began treatment on an Akita named Sampson. Diagnosed with bone cancer in his front leg, Sampson underwent an amputation.
As a large breed dog almost 13 years old, Sampson had some hurdles in front of him following amputation; namely, he was already arthritic and painful in his remaining limbs. AERC and Sampson’s owner decided against chemotherapy post-surgery. Instead, they focused on maintaining Sampson’s quality of life in as pain-free a manner as possible.
Sampson’s veterinarian, Dr. Houstoun Clinch at TLC Veterinary Hospital, recommended that his owner contact the Sport & Strength Department at Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota. Their rehabilitation programs would help to increase Sampson’s mobility and build his muscle tone while keeping Sampson mentally stimulated.
Sampson’s owner realized the therapy team at AERC of MN was, “excellent with Sam. John Nielsen, CVT-VTS (ECC), CVPP, CCRP, the technician who runs the program, really tailored his treatment to our goals and to Sam’s abilities and his personality. Many dogs that go through rehabilitation are working dogs—agility, flyball, hunting, or herding. We are just about as far from that as you can get, but John did a great job finding the right workout for Sampson. Sampson is not the most athletic, graceful, or fast dog on the underwater treadmill, but he definitely earned an “A” for effort!”
Sampson’s normal routine included laser therapy, stretching and massage, cavalettis, wobble board exercises, the underwater treadmill, and other exercises to do at home. To see Sampson on an underwater treadmill please go to: https://www.dropbox.com/s/194erav9cy5usa9/2013-04-25%2017.24.57.mp4.'/>"/>
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