Getting Animals Better, Faster!
Sept '17 RockTape Clinic rocked!
Here's what the attendees had to say:
"Jen and her facility are great! Jen is a great instructor with a lot of knowledge!" -Physical therapist
"Well taught and easy to understand." -Animal chiropractor
"Jennifer is a knowledgable instructor with clear experience and passion for what she does. Her diverse education is evident and supports what she teaches." - Vet tech
"Strong instructor knowledge and qualifications; beautiful facility. - Equine massage therapist
Oct 2017:Happy 1 Year Anniversary from the Nelson's! Shelby is doing great! Thank you for everything you did for us...we know that those first few days and weeks after surgery were critical for her recovery. She is back to working with us around the house and yard. Life is Good. We appreciate you and are always grateful!
June 2017: Reacher first came to HnHPT at 7 months of age when I noticed his gait had changed following his sliding down a flight of stairs. HnHPT helped him recover and strengthen from that injury. Several weeks later he chased a deer and exhibited lameness. That is when, via radiographs, Dr. Bliss at PortCity Veterinary, discovered that he had bilateral OCD (osteochondral defects) lesions on his femurs that would require surgical correction. Reacher came back to HnHPT two weeks after surgery to begin his recovery rehab. His treatment involved daily range of motion to both his knees and hips, stretching of his hip flexors and hamstrings, and hind end strengthening program. Treatment involved laser therapy to promote healing and underwater treadmill along with gym activities. The staff at HnHPT was instrumental in his rapid recovery.
He absolutely loves coming to HnHPT- runs in the door and into “his” UWTM!! His favorite is the treadmill and will do anything to get in there, of which Jennifer Brooks PT CCRP would scold us about : ) [Click on the clip below to watch how much Reacher enjoyed his UWTM sessions] Thanks to the staff, who always made the activities fun while therapeutic. Now Reacher is ready to go, back to all of his normal high energy activities and training. Sincerely, Margaret
May 2017: Brady, our 10 yr old German Shepard was developing serious issues with her hind legs. It was mid-December when we noticed a criss cross or scissoring gait. Her hind legs would cross in front of each other creating an unsteady swaying gait. She would slip and lose her balance, especially on hard floors. We also noticed she wasn't lifting her beautiful fluffy tail to defecate. Concerned, we brought her to our Vet at Ponemah Veterinary Hospital, who confirmed severe arthritis in her spine and severe end stage hip dysplasia. There was also a concern for a condition degenerative myopathy (DM) a canine version of MS. We were encouraged to bring her to physical therapy and start arthritis medication. The meds seem to help some with the overall stiffness, but the PT has been the game changer.
The therapists at Horse ’n Hound Physical Therapy are amazing!! Immediately after our first consult we had a few simple home exercises to do daily with her and began water treadmill sessions once a week. In 2 weeks we saw measurable improvements. Today, as I write this (while she's walking in the treadmill) we are thrilled to report no falls, ability to use stairs independently, gait scissoring corrected about 90% and her ability to elevate her tail has returned. Due to this level of recovery we have less concerns of DM.
The therapists have helped us understand if we pace her activity level and continue to focus on strength and balance she should continue to hold her own. We are so grateful to have found the tools to keep Brady comfortable and capable. We are looking forward to a summer of outdoor play!! ~Teresa & Micheal Tranchemontagnemy
April 2017:My elderly pointer SID, who has been my buddy and companion for ten years had to suffer through my move from a house where he had enjoyed free range on a third of an acre lot for his entire life. Our veterinarian always shook his head and said "he is such an amazing athlete and he just loves life". Well, in order to sell the house Sid was restricted to a smaller and smaller running area and honestly he became depressed. He had suffered some chronic tendon issues (gastroc tears) in his hocks years earlier, and then at doggy day care he seriously damaged his knee (CCL sprain). The final insult was when I moved him to my new tiny condo in the city. By that time he had lost so much muscle mass in his hind limbs, that his backside was just protruding bones. ]
[His ears were down. He limped along holding one leg tucked under his belly. The vet, at this point called him an orthopedic nightmare. He said Sid needed CCL surgery but the recovery would put too much strain on the leg with the tendon issues. I spent a small fortune on a leg brace that just caused rub sores. The vet actually uttered the "E" word at one visit (euthanasia). Sid was on a cocktail of pain killers and drugs. Then my dog walker [Christine Wharton of Lickity Split Pet Care Services] told me about Horse ’n Hound Physical Therapy. We started attending in October 2016. They've have had him on the underwater tread mill and stretching/massaging/strength training exercises coupled with cold laser light therapy. Sid has made a complete turn around in six months and (knock on wood) I believe we may have avoided surgery of his CCL injury, due to the tremendous strength gains he has made. He has all 4 feet back on the ground and loves his leash walks and playing with toys. He also loves it when we pull into the clinic! I have my happy elderly athlete back and I couldn't be more ecstatic with his pain-free mobility, and neither could Sid actually. Thank you Jen and everyone at Horse 'n Hound! 🐶~ Jean LaPoint & Sid See Sid on video here! ]
March 2017: Bella is a 13 year old Bullmastiff that had difficulty walking due to her severe limb arthritis and disc disease and arthritis of her spine. Through physical therapy, cold laser therapy and aqua therapy in the Underwater Treadmill, they gave my girl a better quality of life to allow her to enjoy walks on the beach once again. The knowledge and dedication of the HnHPT staff was paramount. I will be forever grateful for what they have done for my Bella. Whether it's rehab or reconditioning Horse 'n Hound PT is by far second to none!! --Meredith McQuade
A big big thank you to Melina and Jen for lasering Mia on Friday. Please tell them it made a huge difference and her swelling is gone! Again thank you! Hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving and we'll see you the Monday after. -Susan Pepper, via FB
I absolutely love this place. My Lab Tango has a chronic condition from his fall this Spring and we've been slowly rehabilitating him.
He comes at a set schedule, with joy and laughter from the staff who already know him. He anticipates the visits so much that as soon as I turn the corner on Merrimack Road, he starts barking and whining and his tail is moving like a helicopter from the excitement. When we enter, we go to the Water Treadmill for 25 minutes of good exercise, followed by laser therapy and agility exercises.
Despite a few setbacks (hard to control a Lab who feels good and wants to jump and re injure himself) he has been making consistent progress. Through Horse 'n Hound, we bought him a Bosu Ball that is now part of his daily therapy at home.
I can't begin to praise the folks at Horse 'n Hound. They are concerned, knowledgeable, and absolutely professional. -Louis B. via Yelp
We would like to give a shout out of thank to Horse 'n Hound Physical Therapy of Hollis, NH and Jennifer Hubbard Brooks the owner of the clinic. She has been helping me manage Lowrider's care through the winter long distance until we found a local rehab and PT at Liverpool Village Animal Hospital. Lowrider is feeling much better and is less depressed it's pretty amazing....
Lowrider is even better this morning! He is like a younger dog! I am completely amazed. Not that I didn't believe it could help, wouldn't have tried it, it is just I knew he was off all winter, depressed and not himself. Thank God I didn't just decide to put him to sleep. Wonder how many animals that happens to when some alternative intervention therapies would turn them around? So my gut instinct about him was right. Gosh, I worried about him all winter constantly. Not that he is now immortal or nothing can happen but it is so good to see my old little bad ass back on duty. I am going to do a video of him galloping outside. He looks so adorable scampering along in his funny 3/4 trot. Tail wagging, mouth going. -Rachael Ikins
Awesome news!!! No osteotomy line present on the x-ray, she has healed far faster than is normal for most dogs after the surgery... from the excellent help rehabilitating her fitness from Jennifer Brooks and staff at Horse ‘n Hound Physical Therapy! - Stacia Langille
Horse 'n Hound Physical Therapy is an amazing place. Kayden my husky LOVES going to PT every Saturday. When I pull in the parking lot he is talking up a storm and ready to get out and go in. The Staff is truly Amazing, they are experienced, so loving and patient with your pets, they truly treat them like their own. They take the time to show you new exercises to do and will go over it until you understand it. We do the Hydrotherapy, stretches and exercises to strengthens Kayden's legs. He had ACL Surgery and already is doing amazing thanks to his physical therapy. Thank you for being so wonderful to Kayden and I. - Cindy Haslam
Missy is doing fabulous! We are currently getting ready for the Westminster Agility Championship Competition in February. Not long ago I didn't think we would even still be running in agility but thanks to her conditioning program at Horse ‘n Hound she is in peak physical condition and ready to compete in the Big Apple!!!
Thank you so much for all that you do at Horse ‘n Hound! Missy thanks you too for giving her many more opportunities to run the course with mom. -Tammy Devito
What a difference conditioning has made! Neptune posted 3 excellent times this weekend..his little dachshund legs were a blur! His yards per second on Saturday were 2.99, 2.96, and Sunday a blazing 3.31!!! -Sarah Power
I gave Rascal his first laser treatment at home this past Saturday. It was pretty easy. He was a bit tired and relaxed after taking him for a short hike so it was easy to get him to lie down and sit still once we got back home. I was also able to do his front legs\elbows\shoulders as well as his hips. I think he would have lied there all afternoon and let me do the laser treatment on him.
It was pretty hot on Saturday so it didn’t take too much outdoor exercise to make him a bit tired.
I gave him another laser treatment on Sunday, as well. Thanks! ~ David Fuller
Thanks so much!! How cute! He looks like a pro! Rebel is doing fantastic. We are taking hour-long off leash walks 4-5 times per week. The other days we take shorter walks. Once in a great while he gets a day off!! He is a happy puppy! Thanks for all you did for him!! Take care!! -Kathy & Rebel