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Almost 6 years ago, I was visiting some friends and I met Daisy’s mother when she was pregnant. I met Daisy herself when she was about 7 weeks old, and she was given to me when she was 9 weeks. Best gift ever. She was the only pup in the litter.
At 8 months I noticed she started limping, and in a few more months she was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia in her left leg and severe arthritis in her right. She had surgery when she was a year and a half for the dysplasia and cleanout of the other leg, and the surgeon warned me that around age 5 I’ll start to notice her limping again.
Just before her 5th birthday, the limping started again. I was sure she had been out of the room when the surgeon said to expect issues when she turned 5, but as a German Shepherd, she has superior hearing, so anything’s possible with her.
I had heard about Becky Lewis and her non-invasive therapies when she was still providing Therapy at a facility in Carmel Valley. I knew swimming would be a great way to allow Daisy to get low-impact exercise and strengthen those joints, and we started going to Motiv K9 Fitness Therapy in October 2013. Becky Lewis and her staff (love them all!) gave her a thorough evaluation and agreed that Swim Therapy was the best course of action.
Daisy got her life back. We continued to do some pretty good hikes and walks (1-3 hours, on and off-leash), and she would engage in some strenuous activity while playing with her many friends. In addition to swimming for a half hour twice a week through the Motiv Swim Fitness, we recently included some Laser Therapy, hoping to offset future issues. It is working great.