Kiera – Border Collie – Top Agility Competitor
Hello, my name is Tina Nestor. My beloved dog Keira, border collie cross, at age 9, had an injury sustained while walking on the dykes. She had just placed 5th at the NATIONAL AAC Dog Agility Championship over the weekend and we were out for a victory play and swim. Aug 25, at approx. 7pm, Keira went down over the edge of the dykes to go into the water, and did not come back. She started to cry and would not stand up. Her right hind leg was wiggling in place with no tension to it. I carried her to the car.
After many weeks of different vets looking into her injury, we had discovered she tore her Achilles tendon from her hock at about 65% removed. She was in top endurance shape and her hind legs measured 21cm evenly. Nine months later, at now age 10, on May 2, 2016 she sustained the same injury to her left leg at approx. 40% tear removed from hock. Her left leg had been doing so much compensating at this point it gave out.
After very rough 11 months from initial injury, on July 8, 2016 I met Janet, Marlin and Anita at HydroPaws and decided to try canine hydrotherapy. At that point Kiera’s muscle circumference on her back legs measure R12cm L11cm. With the help of the amazing team at HydroPaws, and joint efforts from OrthoPets and The SPAW Pet Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre, Keira has made an almost full recovery. Janet Moor and Marlin, have dedicated a lot of their time to making me feel there was hope. They worked with Keira’s strides, and at one point, there were 3 people swimming with Keira to ensure proper strides and functionality of her core muscles and legs. Many late evening swims after my kids had gone to bed, and always ensuring Keira received the best care and attention, she has consistently been swimming two days a week.
After only 4 months of HydroPaws hydrotherapy sessions, Keira can now play, walk, and even at times run with NO OrthoPets Brace to assist her. She has even been able to play a little agility by going over a few 6-10 inch jumps.
I am truly appreciative to HydroPaws for their kindness and dedication to Keira’s recovery. Her back legs are now measuring an even 20cms in circumference, and she has returned to her happy self. We even swim my now 17-month-old puppy Ruby, to keep her endurance and strength up for training and competition.