At the beginning of the year, our 6-year-old dachshund, Frank, was having trouble climbing up our two stairs coming inside from the back yard. By the end of the evening, he was not able to really support himself. By the morning, he was unable to walk at all, dragging his two back feet behind him. He was also starting to lose control of his bowels. He was immediately taken up to NC State for emergency back surgery. Frank was suffering from degenerative disk disease.
He had a successful surgery and an incision that took up almost the whole length of his back. Shortly after his surgery, we were referred to Dianne Logan so that Frank could start his rehabilitation process.
Dianne was so accommodating, understanding and thorough in educating us about the rehabilitation process and how to properly handle and assist Frank at home also. Frank took to her and Shana immediately, showering them with his stinky kisses!
As the weeks passed, Frankie always showed improvement and went from not walking on his own to being back to his happy, tough-guy self. He is a very proud, stubborn little dog, with a whole lot of heart. With his personality and the unconditional love and guidance of Dianne and her staff, Frankie has recovered beyond our expectations and we couldn’t be more grateful to them for it.
Frankie has a profound love of Dianne and Shana, too. Every time he gets into the crate to go to rehab, he is whining and shaking with anticipation. He can hardly contain himself when we get into the building! He always has kisses ready and likes to show off for them. We are so thankful to have Frank and for all the love and support we received throughout his recovery process.
Reese and I are so grateful to you and Shana for all the care, expertise and magic that you have given to us that has enabled Reese to have a normal life, hopefully devoid of pain for years to come.
Thank you so much for being in our lives and for being there for us.
Little River, SC
On March 29, 2011 at 4 ½ years old, my dachshund, Dolly, had back surgery and was unable to walk and was in a cart for 10 months. During Dolly’s annual checkup, her vet referred us to Dianne Logan, RVT, CCRP at Wilmington Animal Fitness & Rehabilitation Center for an evaluation of her condition. After the initial consultation with Dianne, her recommendation was no more wheels for Dolly! This proved to be most beneficial.
Dolly made tremendous progress in just one week out of her Eddie’s Wheels, to my surprise, with just the daily at home exercise program.
The following week, she started receiving laser treatments and treadmill hydrotherapy. After ten treatments, her weakened muscles continue to develop which has enabled her to walk and stand for longer periods of time. Before long, she will be back to her normal self, running around like the road runner that she is.
I am so thankful to have found Dianne because her animal rehabilitation skills have improved the quality of Dolly’s life now and I am certain for years to come now that she is back up and running on all four paws.
Roberta Gunnett, MD
My dog, Sandy, is a 10-year-old German shepherd mix with severe arthritis of both hips and elbows. She had reached a point where she struggled to stand and was reluctant to walk. A friend recommended laser therapy and our vet referred us to Wilmington Animal Fitness & Rehab Center where Sandy met Dianne Logan. Within two weeks of receiving laser therapy, my friends and I noted that Sandy was more active and was moving much more easily. Working with Dianne and Shana has been an enjoyable and very rewarding experience and Sandy and I say: “Thank you so much!”
I’d like to thank both of you for all you’re doing for Heidi. I am amazed at the difference in her mobility and vitality!
The Adequan injections and Tramadol, combined with laser treatments and underwater treadmill, are a perfect combination and she appears to be 5 years younger as a result!
Heidi is now able to go on longer walks (usually carrying her football all the way home). She is enjoying playing with her toys again and jumps up on the sofa with renewed energy.
It’s amazing how so many people come up to me and ask if Heidi is still a puppy—truly remarkable for a dog who will soon be 15 years old! I attribute it all to the good veterinary care that she receives. Thanks for all you do!
Working with Dianne has been amazing. My dog, Bella, is back to normal and rehab definitely made a difference in recovery and speed of recovery after her ACL surgery. Dianne even called every other day to check on Bella in her recovery and was always available if I had questions.
Bruce and Connie
North Myrtle Beach, SC
We are so pleased with the care and attention that our dog, Angel, has received during her physical therapy. Dianne Logan's patience and caring are just great and Angel is able to walk up the stairs again.
Jeanie Sparagna (and Dulce Mia!)
My little chihuahua, Mia, had a patellar luxation in her right knee two years ago. She had surgery to repair it but, at that time, there was no physical therapy. She took a very long time to put her full weight on that leg again.
In January, 2011, her left leg had the exact same problem and surgery was performed. But this time there was a certified veterinary physical therapist in town and Mia was a perfect candidate for therapy treatment after her surgery. I was amazed at how fast she recovered this time. She put her full weight on the leg much sooner than the previous operation... and not only did she have a much faster recovery, she absolutely loved going to her physical therapy treatments! The therapist, Dianne, earned Mia's trust on the first visit, and Mia was delighted to "perform" and play, when all the while, everything they did together was an aid in her recovery and strengthening of her little muscles. We were also given exercises to do at home, which were very easy (manipulating her leg, stretching, and massage).There is no doubt in my mind that the physical therapy Mia received from Dianne pretty much cut her recovery time in half. And more importantly, Mia loved every minute of it!
Myrtle Beach, SC
In July, 2010, my little dachshund, Duke, had back surgery and he was not able to walk for eight months. I went everywhere to find help for him and on March 31, 2011, I found Dianne Logan at Wilmington Animal Fitness & Rehabilitation Center. Now Duke is walking after four weeks and 12 treatments!
My poodle, Gucci has been diagnosed with IVDD. My vet referred us to Dianne Logan at Wilmington Animal Rehab in lieu of surgery. He is doing great, thanks to Dianne. He is now on a laser treatment maintenance schedule and is responding well to the treatments.
Thank you, Dianne
My sweet dog has been partially paralyzed as a result of a spinal cord insult. She is currently at Wilmington Animal Fitness & Rehabilitation Center with Dianne Logan, CCRP. "Little-D" has received balance/coordination exercises; electrical stimulation to her weakened muscles; therapy laser to her painful joints and most recently, is beginning hydrotherapy-treadmill. What I appreciate most is the involvement I am allowed. I am with "Little-D" throughout her therapy and am able to learn techniques to use as home exercises for the days she does not attend rehab.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING MY KNEE GET BETTER. I THOUGHT I COULD DO IT MYSELF BUT I WAS WRONG. NOW, I'LL BE BACK STALKING BIRDIES AND CHASING MY BROTHERS SOONER THAN I THOUGHT? HERE'S WHAT I ENJOYED MOST ABOUT PHYSICAL THERAPY:
1. SPECIAL ATTENTION
3. TIPPY BOARD
4. PILLOW WALK
YOU SURE HAVE MADE ME FEEL LIKE THE MOST IMPORTANT SMILEY CAT IN THE WORLD. I'D NEVER BE BACK TO NORMAL WITHOUT YOUR HELP.