This is Dakota, my best friend. She is 13
years old and loves swimming and anything edible.
In October of 2011, she tore the ligament
in her right knee and had to have TPLO Surgery (Tibial Plateau Leveling
Osteotomy). She developed arthritis due to this but was doing relatively
good after her recovery. Then in May of 2013, a tumor the size of a
basketball weighing nearly 12 lbs was discovered on her spleen. She
underwent surgery to remove the spleen & tumor and recovered well.
During the summer of that year the pains of arthritis started to kick
in. She was in pain, losing muscle mass and becoming weaker. She could
barely cross the street without having to lie down to have a break. We
went to the vet to see how we could help her. The vet recommended some
medication to alleviate the pain and she suggested Hydrotherapy at
We started hydrotherapy in November of 2013. All I
can say is, WOW, what a world of difference this has done for Dakota.
Hydrotherapy allowed her to regain muscle mass in her hind legs making
her stronger. We went from Dakota not wanting to play; struggling to
walk across the street; not wanting to go up on the bed; needing help to
stand up TO her going for 2 walks a day (without falling), sleeps on the
bed, wanting to play for a few minutes a day and being able to stand up
on her own. She can even run (with some help). Her whole demeanor is
different; she is happier, healthier and stronger. It’s like we went
into a time machine and went back 2-3 years.
Sonia, Ginette and
Danny are wonderful. They really care and take the time to meet Dakota’s
needs. Dakota does not socialize well with other dogs and everyone makes
sure that she and the other dogs are safe and do not cross paths. Sonia
also introduced us to TTouch, which has helped Dakota with her breathing
as she suffers from Laryngeal paralysis. Sonia and her team are very
well trained and have a wealth of knowledge to aiding animals to having
a better quality of life.
Sonia, Ginette and Danny, thank you so
much for all that you have done for Dakota.
Melanie, Liz, Mike,
Melissa, Ken and Dakota
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