Ziggy continues to ever-so-slowly progress towards walking. No big changes in month 11, but some encouraging signs:
- More frequent attempts at standing on his own
- More weight-supporting walking in his sling - he still needs help with stability, but more leg movement
- His right hind is getting stronger w/ better paw placement
We sent him to ISU rehab for a week in the middle of the month. He hadn't been there in quite a while, and the rehab therapist did notice progress.
The therapist thinks Ziggy needs more core strength, though, as the "c" in his spine (when looking at him from above when he's standing his spine curves like "c") seems to be remaining and maybe getting more pronounced. She believes that the c is caused by uneven core muscle development. This impacts his standing, as his left hind comes in too far to the midline to support him properly. It also causes problems with walking - his left hind often "trips" his right hind.
So she has recommended ball work. Today we had a family viewing of disc one of "Get On the Ball Two" with Dr. Debbie Gross Saunders, then we did a little work with Ziggy. I ordered 2 sizes of Fitpaws peanuts, and need to order one size larger, too. Ball work will become a daily part of his routine, and (according to the video) we should see results in two weeks or so.
Ball work to strengthen hips and hind end.
Ball work for overall core fitness.
You can see from the panting that he's getting a good workout!
To help with progress tracking, here are some videos of Ziggy from his last trip to ISU:
Notice right hind doing really well.
Lots of hind end movement in the cart.
He still tips left when the padding shifts.
Z may be getting a custom cart as a Christmas present...