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Brigus the Tripawd Benefits from Rehab

Tripawds Community member  mleahy40 is recipient #14 of the Maggie Moo Fund for Tripawd Rehab. Read on for details about how Brigus benefited from his free evaluation at Cedarview Animal Hospital* in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Free Rehab Evaluation for Brigus

Our big boy became part of our family, at 12 weeks old, in April 2009. We named him Brigus, after a small town in Newfoundland, Canada. Brigus is a Bernese Mountain Dog and has been part of our growing family for 7+ years now, his 2 human sisters adore him!

Bernese Mountain Tripawd Brigus

On Sept 16th, 2016 our lives changed as Brigus was diagnosed with a left hind leg osteosarcoma. Shortly after the diagnosis we were fortunate enough to meet with a surgical oncologist who offered surgery – left hip disarticulation. Brigus underwent surgery on Sept 27th, 2016 and stayed in hospital for 3 nights. Both of us are health professionals and knew the importance of proper rehab to ensure a good quality of life moving forward. We looked into canine rehabilitation prior to surgery and rehabilitation began Oct 11th, 2016.

Bernese Mountain Tripawd Brigus

His first rehab session consisted of muscle stimulation for strengthening of his remaining hind leg, Range Of Motion (ROM) exercises, Cavaletti poles (6 inches) and walking on the aqua treadmill. The home exercise program consisted of:

1. ‘Cookies at the hips’ to work on spine ROM and balance and weight shifting while standing.

2. ‘Cookies between the front paws’ again to work on spine ROM and balance (shifting weight to the hind leg)

3. Sitting high 5’s to shift weight between front paws and sitting balance.

*All exercises are to be done at home 2x daily, 3-5 repetitions.

Bernese Mountain Tripawd Brigus

The importance of rehab is very clear to us, the principles that apply post-op in humans are transferable to our pets as well (restoring ROM, improving function, regaining strength, improving balance and proprioception – the list of benefits are numerous!).

The biggest take home message from this experience is that dogs are extremely resilient and courageous. Brigus handled this surgery with ‘will and determination, and grace too’.

~ The Leahys

* Cedarview is an AAHA Accredited Animal Hospital. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Brigus the Tripawd Benefits from Rehab”

  1. So glad you took advantage of this program! I am such a believer and advocate for k9 conditioning and rehab work(for all dogs). It’s my personal passion with my dogs, which started with Maggie Moo 🙂 So glad that your dog has you helping him hop around on three legs to the best of his abilities!

    Tracy & Spirit Maggie Moo

  2. i just came across this website. I also had a Bernese Mountian Dog, her name was Maggie Moo. She passed away quite suddenly in March of 2013 just two weeks short of her 4th birthday. The vet figured she had a heart attack. My husband and I were devastated and still miss her to this day. We now have two Bernese/Lab cross dogs, one who was born the day before what would’ve been Maggie’s 4th birthday. Funnily enough, I am from Newfoundland and think that Brigus is an awesome name for your dog. I hope that he is still doing well!!!! He is gorgeous!!


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