Jackie Leftwich BSc MSc AMC MMCA FRCC (Animal)
Chiropractor [McTimoney/STR/IAVC] (Qualified to treat humans and animals)
Registered with GCC and RAMP
Telephone: 07738 110570
E-mail: info@watersidechiropractic.co.uk

Waterside Chiropractic Summer 2015 Update

July 13, 2015  |   Canine Chiropractic,Equine Chiropractic,Human Chiropractic,Latest Posts   |     |   Comments Off

Where is the year going to?!  I can hardly believe that we are into July already.  Looking back, it is some months since I have updated the website and added a blog, but that is just testament to how busy it has been here at Waterside Chiropractic throughout the last six months.  In fact, the diary has been so busy, I have to block out time to ensure that I have time to spend with our Waterside Chiropractic Resident Canines, Merlot and Sol, and Irish our Waterside Chiropractic Resident Equine.

At Easter, the whole Waterside Chiropractic crew went out together as you can see from this pic!Easter

Irish has been continuing with his education – you may recall from previous posts that he came over from Ireland in July 2014 and moved to a fabulous livery yard at Woodmancote (Salthorse Farm Stud), where he is now well settled.  His flatwork and jumping has improved significantly with much thanks to Kate Welch with whom we have weekly training sessions.  We also hack out 2 or 3 times weekly, often alone but sometimes in company, which Irish loves (compared with schoolwork!)  The plan is just to enjoy this year, get out and about a bit, improve our fitness over the year and possibly look to Endurance Riding in the future (next year, fingers crossed!).

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Talking of Endurance Riding, I accompanied Jess and Harvey, our sponsored clients to their 33km Endurance Ride at Findon, near Worthing in April 2015.  We had a great day and Jess and Harvey did as brilliantly as ever, finishing with a Grade 1 and an average speed of 13.75km per hour!

Although sunny, it was quite windy at some of the check points so finding somewhere out of the wind was a bit of a challenge, a muck heap provided some ideal shelter at checkpoint 3!

In addition to the day-to-day work at Waterside Chiropractic, I have continued to work with the McTimoney College of Chiropractic as a Practical Tutor for students on Year II of the MSc in Animal Manipulation.  This year, I will also be examining students at their final year exams before they head off out into practice.  A couple of weeks ago I headed off down to the Dulverton Hunt Kennels, where each year they kindly allow the students to use their 140 hounds to learn how to adjust dogs.  It is always a great day for the students as they can get their hands on lots of dogs of the same breed and size to start learning on.  It was a hot day and at the end of the day it was nice to chill out in the farmhouse garden with one of the farm dogs, as aptly demonstrated by Katya, one of my colleagues!

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Last but not least, we should mention that Merlot our Waterside Chiropractic resident canine has had a tough year which has culminated in him having to have major surgery to remove a large mass from his R caudal lung lobe.  This thoracotomy means that he has had the whole of the R caudal lung lobe and accessory lobe removed and he is currently convalescing leaving Sol to undertake all of the Animal McTimoney Chiropractic canine demonstrations for a few months.  Thankfully the mass does not appear to have contained any tumour cells, just inflammation, although we are not sure yet how this inflammation occurred; one can only assume that he has inhaled a foreign body into the lung.

This goes to show the importance of observing your dog so that you know what is normal for them so that if there are any subtle changes in their behaviour that you can catch these things early.  On the whole Merlot appeared to be absolutely fine in himself in terms of appetite, exercise and general behaviour; what actually alerted us to there being something wrong was a cough after resting for a couple of hours, or when he got excited.  As you can see from the pictures below, a very large incision was required in order to remove the mass.  Merlot only had the operation last week and is recovering well, we are just thrilled to have him home!

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