See Spot Run Canine Rehabilitation


Brak Bean

Brak working out in the underwater treadmill

The See Spot Run rehab program came along just in time to help with a particularly aggravating problem that had hobbled by eight-year-old border collie Brak for over a year. He had trouble fully extending his rear legs and frequently limped on one leg for a while, and then on the other. He was no longer able to herd sheep, which was particularly hard on such an active breed. The problem was finally diagnosed as a soft tissue injury to Brak's lower back. He did not require surgery, but because he had been relatively inactive for so long, his muscles had atrophied and his flexibility had eroded. He needed rehab, including stretching, massage, and an underwater treadmill.

The process took many months of weekly visits, but I wanted to be confident I could let Brak herd sheep again. The rehab visits, under the supervision of Dr. Busick and trainer Bekka Borg (who did a fine job, even if she is a lousy Scrabble player) slowly rebuilt the strength and flexibility in Brak's legs and back. He is back to herding and happy at 10 years old!
- Stephen Bean

Wrigley Dwyer

Wrigley gets to swim in the treadmill!

Two years ago our 4 year old dachshund, Wrigley, had a back injury that is all too common for that breed of dog. Upon being examined by the emergency vet at Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails, we were told we had a short window of opportunity to get him to Ames for evaluation and possible surgery, to try and save the motor function in his hind legs. After surgery and 3 weeks in Ames, it was strongly recommended to us that he continue his rehab, specifically with a certified canine rehab facility with a underwater treadmill.* Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails offered exactly that*. After a few months of weekly rehab visits, he had full function back in his hind legs. Looking at him today, you could never tell he had a back injury. And to keep his back as healthy as possible, and a strong core, we continue with regular visits to the Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails rehab facility. We are incredibly satisfied with the staff at Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails rehab, including Dr. Busick and Amy. We could not be happier with the results we see with Wrigley. To this day, he still thoroughly enjoys his visits to the rehab center! (Probably because of the treats he gets!)
- Joe Dwyer

Ola Jackman

Ola working hard in the treadmill

We had a wonderful experience with the rehab program at Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails. Our 3 year old lab needed separate surgeries on both rear knees to repair damage. Dr. Busick made our initial diagnosis and referred us to a surgeon in Cedar Rapids. When we returned for our follow up visit with Dr. Steen he was amazed at the rapid progress she had made, in large part due to the diligence of Amy to guide our fit club sessions to challenge our young dog but restrict her and not allow her to damage her new surgery. Dr. Steen, in Cedar Rapids, didn't even bother giving us his recommendations for rehab as he felt it was unnecessary and recommended we allow Dr. Busick and staff to direct us with rehab. We had a positive experience with the entire program. We chose to include some low level laser treatments to decrease formation of scar tissue. Our soon to be 4 year old lab is very solid in her rear legs today, eagerly begs for daily walks and is looking forward to opening pheasant season on this year.

I would also add that Amy is very flexible and accommodating with her schedule to try and make a variety of session times available.

Amy also has a lot of experience with the equipment and how our dog would react to the sensation of being in the underwater treadmill.

We would strongly recommend using BEBT for a rehab program and feel our dog's success is due to the time we spent taking her to rehab.
- Teresa Jackman

Bogey Spoto

Bogey sporting his hock brace and swimming vest

Bogey was my heart dog. If you don't understand that, I can't explain it. Bogey was my hunting companion, Obedience, Hunt test and field trial dog. He covered a lot of ground in his day and had numerous injuries to show for his efforts. A traumatic injury to his hock left him with debilitating arthritis. He was very unstable on his feet and had taken a couple of bad falls. Bogey was 12 years old and in quite a bit of discomfort. I was struggling with, "is it time?" A friend encouraged me to see Dr. Busick. Dr. Busick and her amazing staff provided a solution to help stabilize the joint, and build back Bogey's lost muscle mass. Bogey was back on his feet and feeling good again. BEBT gave the two of us almost another year together and it was a good year. I cannot thank them enough.
- Alyce Spoto & Bogey (Ch Windfall's Hole in One VCD1 UD RE MH WCX **)

Lexi Williams

Beautiful Lexi smiling for the camera

The physical therapy rehab program at BEBT was very beneficial for my 10 year old golden retriever Lexi after surgery for a ruptured cruciate ligament. Having been through PT myself after injuries, I knew how helpful it was for recovery and was confident that it could help pets as well. The rehab program at BEBT was instrumental in getting Lexi back on her feet in a reasonable amount of time so she could begin enjoying quality of life again, while minimizing her pain. She enjoyed her rehab visits and I was glad to have their caring staff to answer questions and assist me through the recovery process. They detected that she was having muscle spasms and showed me how to do massage and exercises at home to give her comfort. Her visits consisted of underwater treadmill, exercises, massage, laser therapy and TLC. We are fortunate to have this rehab program in our area and I would highly recommend it.
- Robin Williams

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