The progress Holly has made over the years would not have been possible without the wonderful team of experts she has around her.
Holly has been surrounded by a great team of people who have had her needs at the centre of each decision and offer of advice made regarding Holly’s health and well-being.
Holly first met (Auntie) Jules from Labrador UK Action Group when she was two months old. Her breeder had contacted the registered charity knowing that Holly wasn’t able to be a working dog due to her disabilities and wanted to see if Holly could be given a chance at life and a good home.
Labrador UK Action Group (LUKAG) are a national charity that does not use kennels whilst rescuing and placing a Labrador in a new home. They match a Labrador with a new home in a superb way which means that most Labradors go from their current situation into their new homes, without the need for another environment in between.
Sometimes, like in Holly’s case, the rescue charity decides that it’s in the best interest of the dog to be fostered by the charity first. For Holly, this meant that the charity could assess Holly’s needs, and get her checked out by the vet to get a full understanding of her condition and prognosis. Time with Holly meant that LUKAG could monitor her progress and see exactly what Holly needed in her new home. The amount of love and care for Holly and all the other Labradors that Labrador UK Action Group give is overwhelming – and it doesn’t stop when a dog is re-homed.
The amount of ongoing support we receive for Holly is outstanding. We know that they are only a phone call away for great advice or a bit of emotional support and are very much part of the team around her.
Find out more about Labrador UK Action Group here.
Another member of the team is Debenham Veterinary Practice. Holly was taken to them by LUKAG when she was two months old. Debenham Vets diagnosed Holly with Cerebellar Hypoplasia and said she was not distressed or in pain to give her a chance at life. When Holly came to us, we continued to have Holly’s veterinary care with Debenham Vets. Holly has regular health checks with them, where her body condition is checked, her nails are clipped and she receives any due vaccinations. She is also given a lot of fuss and love as they are always so pleased to see her, which Holly absolutely thrives on. Holly has been seen for other complications. that may possibly be associated with Cerebellar Hypoplasia.
Find out more about Debenham Vets Here
In October 2022, Holly met Jo Handley-Howard from Synergy Small Animal Rehabilitation as Holly was diagnosed with bi-lateral hip dysplasia and it was recommended by both, Debenham Vets and Claire Lawrence that hydrotherapy on a water treadmill would benefit Holly.
Holly doesn’t like water and will do anything to get out of being bathed or showered, so the idea of her being in the water and her being able to walk in a straight line on the treadmill was somewhat of an unknown for us and Holly. However, (Auntie) Jo had worked with dogs with Cerebellar Hypoplasia before and is an expert in working with dogs with various disabilities and additional needs.
Jo ease Holly into the session in such a way that Holly became comfortable with Jo and Holly although anxious, managed to tolerate the water filling up. Jo was very understanding of Holly and each time more water was added or the treadmill started, Jo reassured Holly and explained to us what she was doing and the reasons why.
Jo assessed Holly and after a few sessions and another conversation with the orthopaedic specialist at the vet; it was recommended that Holly have hydrotherapy every 4 weeks with reviews regularly to see how she improves.
Find out more about Synergy Small Animal Rehabilitation Here