When Mr Tom, a five-year old Patterdale Terrier cross became paralysed overnight in October 2015, his owner pensioner and widow Maureen Richardson was totally devastated.
With a poor prognosis from the local vet, Maureen and her daughter, Tracey Hilder, were in shock. Despite advice that if Mr Tom didn’t make dramatic progress in 48 hours, their only option would be to put him to sleep, neither were ready to give up on Mr Tom.
As Mr Tom was young, healthy and typically naughty Terrier up until this sudden paralysis, Clifton Lodge Vets agreed to support Tracey through an intensive rehabilitation programme.
Without funds for an immediate X-ray, Tracey combined physiotherapy stretches, massage, and hydrotherapy to help Mr Tom.
In addition to weekly sessions at the K9 World Hydrotherapy, Tracey invested in a spa pool at home. She invented a simple harness/sling to help him along and get him to the toilet.
Working with Mr Tom every day Tracey tirelessly helped the brave little Terrier. In less than a month Mr Tom passed the ‘pinch’ test at Clifton Lodge Vets that he’d failed previously.
Slowly but surely Mr Tom regained the movement in his back legs. After four months the Vets were staggered that Mr Tom was trotting, toileting and back to his former self.
Disaster struck in April 2016 when Mr Tom’s paralysis returned. Tracey and the family were shattered as they’d all fought so hard to help Mr Tom walk again.
Not the sort to give up, Tracey read about the healing potential of light therapy combining red and infra-red LED phototherapy at specific wave-lengths and decided to give it a go.
In only four days using Photizo Vetcare the difference in Mr Tom was miraculous. He was able to trot around the home and garden. Inspired by Mr Tom’s speedy recovery Tracey has continued daily light/phototherapy treatment. Five months on and Mr Tom is up and running! He happily plays with Tracey’s two children Ella and Evhan. He’s lost weight and his Vet, Moira Hamilton at Clifton Lodge Vets, is astounded at Mr Tom’s recovery.
“Mr Tom is a strong dog and he wanted to walk again. Devastated by his setback, we prescribed anti-inflammatories to aid his recovery. Without the family’s commitment to get Mr Tom walking by integrating physical therapies and Photizo Phototherapy, Mr Tom may not have been so lucky.”
Tracey is so impressed with Photizo that she is now fund-raising to provide Photizo Vetcare to her local rescue kennels, including Stray Aid on Coxhoe and Helping Pets North East.
Ruth Milner, Managing Director of Danetre Health Products , the sole UK distributor for Photizo Vetcare commented:
“The convenience of Photizo Vetcare is it’s a pocket sized rechargeable treatment tool. It is unique and appeals with it’s capacity to treat a large surface area with LED diodes. Unlike a laser beam, which transfers coherent, or near coherent light, LED emits a non-coherent light, which has a larger cover area. Whilst laser light can pose a risk to the eyes, with eye wear recommended, with LED light sources there’s no risk, making it’s application much simpler and safer.”