Mabel’s Hydrotherapy Treatment

My cousin Mabel has CDRM or Chronic Degenerative Radiculo Myelopathy. It’s a progressive wasting disease affecting her hind limbs. It predominantly affects German Shepherds and the Queen’s favourite dogs, Welsh Corgis. It can rarely occur in other breeds too though. This basically means that our darling Mabel struggles to place her feet in the right position and the nerve impulses from her brain increasingly fail to reach her hind limbs correctly. Sometimes she struggles to keep her balance and often drags her back paws. (She’s now got trendy little booties to protect her paw pads.)

She’s got her humans trained well though and they take her for regular hydrotherapy treatment to maintain her muscle usage. She has a shower before she uses an aquatic treadmill. The humans hold a float around her tail end to ensure her tail doesn’t get caught in the machine. (Mum can’t be trusted to go away with the GoPro so the quality of the videos aren’t purrfect.)

Then she moves into the pool where she does a little bit of swimming and shows off her love of tennis balls! She works hard and is always very tired afterwards. Although Mabel’s disease isn’t going to get better, thankfully the vets say that she’s in no pain and I’m quite sure that she doesn’t even notice her struggles as she carries on running after Polly and Ria in the field and is still even faster than them if she sees a bunny to chase!

There have been a few home improvements on the patio so that Mabel doesn’t hurt herself. There’s a temporary fence to make it a much smaller concrete area. All three of the dogs Mabel, Polly and Ria are loving the outside soft carpet covering their section and the ramp makes coming in and out of the side door much easier. I’m very proud of Mabel for being so brave. She’s probably only got months left before this devastating disease gets the better of her, but she’s making the very best of life while she can. She’s the most sweet-natured dog and I love her lots.

Carpet outside

I hope you’ve found Mabel’s treatment as interesting as I do.

Bisous, Bailey

Comments

  1. This is Cody’s brother…..actually I think Michigan Humane or somewhere here has that too. I think I blogged about it a looooong time ago. It is supposed to be great. Best of luck to Mabel!

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  2. Danielle says:

    Amazing, thank you for sharing. I actually know a German Shepherd that has CDRM.

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  3. Poor darling but so cheering to see everything possible is being done to make her last months more joyful.

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  4. Wonderful to see that quality of life maintained, but heartbreaking that nothing can be done to effect a cure.

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    • Yes it’s heartbreaking and all the humans have been crying lots but Mabel is a brave cookie and still enjoying life, so paws crossed it can be sustained like that for a while.

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  5. Very interesting, what wonderfully dedicated humans she has. Sending love & purrs to her.

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  6. Sending love and hugs to Mabel xx

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  7. Mabel is a very strong, brave girl. Her family is lucky to have her and she is lucky to have them!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  8. Shirley Street says:

    It is amazing what can be done for our animals. I have a Golden Retriever, Trudy, who is having problems with her hip joints. I know how sad it is for a furry friend to be uncomfortable.

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  9. This is all very interesting! And thanks so much, Bailey, for helping me celebrate Cat World Domination Day (also my birthday)!

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    • You’re very welcome Sparkle, I couldn’t miss it! I always get your emails but I’m so sorry I don’t always get the chance to comment. You’re a very special feline and a true furiend thank you. I think it shows just how much I love Mabel that I let her have the starring role on my blog for cat world domination day!!!

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  10. Good to hear Mabel is receiving good end-of-life care, and enjoying her days. This sounds like the same condition that eventually took the German Shepard that Rick’s family had when he was growing up. I don’t think the vet knew what it was back then.

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    • Quite possibly they are prone to it apparently. Poor things they’re not quite as advanced as us cats. I love dear Mabel though and she’s having a great life still at the moment luckily.

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  11. kittiesblue says:

    Thanks for sharing about Mabel, dear brofur. This was a very heart-warming story. Funny thing, Mabel’s disease is very much like the human disease our mom has with many of the same consequences. Her’s affects all four limbs, however, We will be purring and praying for Mabel that she can maintain her current quality of life for a long-time to come. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  12. Oh really dear sisfurs and brofur? I didn’t know. I hope your mum manages to be comfortable. Other species just aren’t as advanced as us felines are they? Four limbs for your mum must be really difficult to manage, poor thing. Lucky you’re around to look after her so well. Thank you for your kind wishes. I hope you’re all having a pawesome week. Bisous and best of wishes for your mum too.

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  13. She is brave and strong girl, the best of luck to Mabel, love and hugs, dear Bailey, humans are great what they are doing for animals. Mabel is in my heart. Thank you, love, nia

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  14. Mabel is lovely!!

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  15. Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about Mabel’s condition! But I know she’s in the very best of paws….Purrs and bones to Mabel! *(trills)*

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  16. Phankz ya so much fer sharin Mabel’z storey wif us!! She iz such a guud poochie doin her watut therapee n werkin her musslez…
    Her pawentz are amazin fer takin such guud care of her…just like Mum takez care of me 😉
    We lub da ramp n da soft padz fer all da poochiez to lie on…
    We sendz purrayerz to sweet Mabel… ❤ ❤
    Lub Nylablue n Mum too x0x0x0

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  17. msphoebecat says:

    Your cousin is so darling and tough Bailey, she’s lucky to have such pawesome pet parents like your aunt and uncle who care for her so well. I hope Mabel’s life continues to be wonderful and full of love, thank you for sharing her story!

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  1. […] I have three feline cousins and three canine cousins who all live with my human’s parents in Cornwall in the UK. Most of you have seen them before in my post Cornish Cousins. I also told you all about how brave Mabel is with her hydrotherapy treatment. […]

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  2. […] She went for Hydrotherapy sessions which helped her stay active and maintain her muscle usage. I blogged about it here you can see her swimming! She fought the disease with such strength and dignity. She was the boss until the very end putting […]

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