Horse 'n Hound Physical Therapy, LLC • 288 South Merrimack Road, Hollis, NH 03049 • Copyright 2018. Equine Rehab Services. All rights reserved.
Nolan had a fractured forelimb
"When my cat Leo injured his fore leg, I rushed him to an emergency clinic. He was completely paralyzed in his front right leg from a brachial plexus over-stretch injury. The veterinarians said the leg would most likely have to be amputated. I begged them to come up with an alternative. Dr. Zitz at AM/ Animal Hospital of Nashua said I could try taking him to Horse ’N Hound Physical Therapy. They did not hold out much hope for his recovery.
The people at Horse ’N Hound were wonderful with Leo. He seemed comfortable with them right away, tolerated treatment, and I was impressed with their knowledge and understanding of cats and this type of injury. They instructed me at gentle stretching of his leg, to prevent it from loss of range of motion and contracture while neuroplasticity healing was occurring in his nervous system, but cautioned me that a full recovery may take up to six months. Jennifer Brooks PT and her staff did not give up on him, but remained optimistic that he would regain some use of that leg…..and that he did! Around the six week mark he started chasing his favorite toy mouse around the floor, batting at it with his injured R paw, walking on R leg though still knuckled a bit. A few weeks later he was jumping up on furniture and playing with his brother. I was amazed, and so was his vet." - Susan , Winter 2018
Billy [case study] pictured after coming home from the hospital, diagnosis of Saddle Thrombosis, with rear leg paralysis.
DEACON came to us for rehab after a Femoral Head Osteotomy. He is progressing well and a compliant feline client. He is receiving physical therapy here with Jen Lyons, PT, stretches, core work "play" and caveletties!
MISSION STATEMENT: HnHPT will utilize scientifically proven physical therapy techniques to treat veterinary diagnosed orthopedic injuries, neurological diseases and other physical problems to enhance injury recovery and general conditioning improvement with a goal of "getting animals better, faster!” than they would without intervention and treatment. HnHPT will deliver services with the secondary goal of educating the human owners to a point they can understand and carry out preventive care, therapeutic strengthening and stretching in their pet’s daily routine.
Leo came to us in Feb 2018 with a Brachial Plexus Avulsion*. He was lame on front right leg and amputation was offered. Thankfully his owner sought out another opinion. Along with time and rest, physical therapies such as Laser and Stretches, are making him functional.
* This is a cat condition that results from an injury to the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a large network of nerves located in the chest and armpit area of your cat. These nerves are responsible for controlling movement, feeling, and general function of your cat’s front legs. Avulsion is a medical term for tearing or pulling away. Brachial plexus avulsion, therefore, occurs when the nerves sustain damage, typically as a result of being pulled or torn. [Ref: wagwalking.com/cat/condition/brachial-plexus-avulsion]
Billy the Cat recovering motor function in PT by traversing ladder.
Getting Animals Better, Faster!
Whether your cat will allow this or not, we can help your kitty regain strength and mobility.