Yesterday, on recommendation from a friend, I took my dog, Inca, to see Peter van Dongen at Medivet in Horsham regarding her intermittent lameness which has been ongoing now for quite some time and has got progressively worse....I didn't have any expectations....We have already seen 2 specialist vets and have conducted gait analysis, X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans without finding anything substantial enough to be causing the lameness. We've also been for hydro and physio and although everyone was very thorough and did a great job of checking her over, we couldn't find anything other than some minor arthritis in her wrists and one of her elbows. With each trip to the vet, I ended up coming home with a different set of painkillers for her, none of which made any difference.
I don't think I have ever trusted a vet quite so quickly and Pete clearly has so much knowledge and experience. He listened to everything I said, looked over her recent X-rays and assessed her movement before he checked her range of movement . He quite quickly found the cause of her injury and was able to explain it to me in detail and even show me how he had discovered it and how it had impacted her muscle tone and range of movement on that leg.
So it turns out that Inca has a partial ligament tear in her shoulder....we have been looking in the wrong place the whole time! It is also possible to see this on her X-rays, due to calcification build up, if you know what you are looking for! So relieved to finally have an explanation and to be able to begin getting her back to fitness at last!
I would recommend Pete to absolutely anyone, especially if you have been struggling with finding the cause of an injury. I'm going to be registering my other two dogs with him today! Since I have got home, I've found out that numerous other people have had similar experiences and it seems that Pete's manner and professionalism is becoming quite well known amongst those with dogs competing in dog sports! I wish I had been to him from the beginning and won't be going anywhere else now!
In addition to this the entire reception team were so friendly and polite as well, which really makes it a great experience for me and my dogs.