We asked Olly's owner, Stacey, to share a few words;
“I can’t thank the staff at Clent Hills Pet Fitness and Rehab Centre enough, Olly has had this issue since he was 2 years old. So, to cut a long story shorter, I had to take matters into my own hands and get Olly the best he deserved – Mr Super Vet here we come! From plasma injections to stem cells, me and Olly tried it all. But it didn’t last long, so the next course was elbow fusion instead of amputation.
After Olly’s fusion we were told to get Olly into a hydrotherapy centre near to us. I researched everywhere, and the best one was Clent Hills in Bromsgrove. On our first meeting and setting up Olly’s recovery plan I felt so at ease. I knew I could leave Olly in their hands if I wanted to and I didn’t have to worry, which as all doggy mums know, is the main worry.
Olly started on the treadmill and mastered it well, building movement and his pressure levels to use his new leg. We progressed onto the pool. This is where Olly thrived… every week now for the past 4 years we have been booked in. He looks forward to it and I call it his pamper day. He gets full fuss, love, affection, and his Auntie Debbie, as I class her as family. She is a part of Olly’s life and mine. Debbie gives Olly cuddles, an all over massage, and even carries him to float in the pool.
He also has acupuncture with the lovely Laura for all-over body aches and muscle recovery. But basically, he falls asleep the moment the needles go in. It’s the best 2 hours of my week. To see him happy and a smile on his face. Clent Hill’s hydrotherapy staff go above and beyond for my boy, they help me personally too with advice for Olly. When I found the lump on Olly’s elbow during the COVID lockdown, I rushed him back to Fitzpatrick’s for a car park consult. Debbie was the first person I rang for advice, as it was either surgery to remove the cancer or remove the whole front leg. So, to have Debbie there in my ear at that time really helped me make the decision. She went above and beyond for Olly and what’s best for him. Olly will be coming every week till the day he no longer needs it. But for now, I never thought I’d celebrate his 12th birthday. Each day is a blessing for me and with his weekly sessions, it gives Olly something to look forward to.”
If you would like to discuss how hydrotherapy could make your dog feel more comfortable and happier, give our Fitness & Rehab team a call on 01905 910516.