Speedo has been undergoing multiple daily physical therapy treatments and activities. One of the activities that he definitely enjoys is playing with his Cat’s Meow toy. The video above shows him during the first time he discovered the toy, and with the toy again several days later. Having him move around with his hind legs taped together helps to increase his muscle tone and strength, improve his limb coordination and stimulate circulation of his tissues.
Speedo did not receive any physical therapy or treatments during the first two months of his life, a time in which treatment for an animal with Swimmer syndrome is absolutely vital. Therefore, we have been finding ways to get him extra “exercise” in addition to his prescribed daily therapies, which seems to both be helping his strength and coordination as well as providing him with hours of fun!
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Currently, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington is responsible for the care and treatment of Speedo. As always, if you are able, any type of support or donation would be greatly appreciated by all to help in Speedo’s rehabilitation!