My name is Marloes and I am blessed to currently share my days with my two Australian Cattledogs, Idun (5 years old) and Fenris (3 years old).
I compete with both my dogs in a variety of dog sports and as a sheep owner we do a great deal of herding also. All of this can be quite taxing on their bodies, so it's of great importance to prevent injury and/or detect and treat it early. In addition to that, the Australian Cattledog is known for diving into things head first without stopping to think, which can also result in injury.
Idun, my blue girl, started showing the smallest signs of injury a few months ago. There was no indication in her movements at all, and she never complained when I stretched or massaged her. The only indication she gave me that something wasn't right was a slight whine while jumping onto the bed, ONCE. I remembered she ran into some furniture when she and Fenris were playing a few weeks prior, so I took her to Anna, just to be on the safe side. It took her less than 5 minutes to send me straight on to Animal Artro Clinic for further investigation and probably surgery.
Needless to say I was shocked by the seriousness of the injury that was confirmed by the vet, who said: "Anna has never been wrong before so...". He was met by a cracked shoulder with chipped bits of bone floating around and part of her bicep tendon missing.....damn dog.
Besides that, we visit Anna about twice a year to check on overall health of their musculoskeletal system and any weak spots we need to work on more in our physical training. She's wonderful with them and will always take the time to explain and answer any questions.
can't explain to you, in this confusing world of a million different competences... and lack thereof..., how much peace of mind it gives me to know that there is always someone who can point the finger straight at the issue without fail. She is ALWAYS my first call if I suspect an issue in their musculoskeletal system.
You know how you sometimes want to ask your dog: "where does it hurt??". She'll hear the answer, every time.