After filling out the typical new client paperwork, and discussing Moki's prior medical history, Moki and I where escorted into a small private office by both the Dr. (physical therapist) and R.V.T. Blankets had been laid out on the floor, and we placed Moki on them after removing him from his prisoner transport unit.
The consultation consisted of both the Physical Therapist and R.V.T. moving Moki's legs, so as to record his current ROM (range of motion.) Once the ROM had been recorded for all four of Moki's legs, the physical therapist tried to get Moki to walk so that he could examine his gait. Moki however refused to budge. He just laid on the floor taking in his surroundings. Fortunately, I had brought my camera, and still had the videos I recorded yesterday of Moki walking on it. By showing the physical therapist the videos I had recorded of Moki, I was able to provide him with a good idea of Moki's gait.
We discussed the possibility of putting braces on Moki's legs, but the physical therapist feels that braces would do more harm than good at this point, because Moki has such a limited ROM in his legs. With that said, we got to work developing a plan in which we both agree, holds the possibility of improving Moki's ROM (range of motion) and thereby his ability to walk. The physical therapist recommended a course of massage therapy preformed by the R.V.T., followed by swimming therapy treatments. Since I am a certified massage therapist amongst other things, I asked if the massage therapy was something I could work on with Moki at home. Given my background, the physical therapist agreed that I could preform the massage therapy at home, and recommended that I preform the massage therapy 30 mins prior to bringing Moki to his office for the swimming therapy. Normally, swimming therapy consists of placing an animal in a pool, but given Moki's small size, we thought it would be better to have his therapy preformed in a whirlpool (to learn more about whirlpool therapy click here.) So starting this Saturday Moki will begin his first whirlpool treatment. We hope to bring you more pictures then!!!
I tried to take a picture of the estimate given to us, but am not sure if you can actually read it. So I will break it down. The total cost of Moki's physical therapy will come to $700.00. This is made up of 10 separate treatments. Currently not counting Saturday's treatment, we have $150.00 set aside for physical therapy, this means that we need to raise a total of $550.00 in order for Moki to complete his treatment. In order to help us obtain this goal, another raffle is being held at Deb and ML's auction blog. This raffle contains some pretty special, awesome, autographed one of a kind items, so please stop by their blog to check it out. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit Moki's physical therapy and our friends at Criz Cats Sanctuary.
The start date of the raffle which will be held by Deb and ML on their auction blog has been postponed due to Deb having injured her leg, and ML being sick. Once Deb and ML start feeling better we will announce the beginning of the second raffle, so stay tuned. In the meantime, please send both Deb and ML healing thoughts. We hope they both start feeling better soon!