Pet of the Month
Peyton – Neurologic Signs Involving All 4 Limbs (Cervical FCE)
Meet Peyton, our March 2018 Pet of the Month! She is a very sweet, 14 year old cat who was an outdoor kitty. One morning, her family found her unable to stand and she could not use her front limbs at all. Peyton was taken to her regular veterinarian for treatment and was hospitalized in mid-December. When she came to see us in January, Peyton’s family had seen just a few, small improvements.
At the time of her initial exam, Peyton had varying degrees of neurologic deficits involving all four limbs. Her right hind limb was her strongest limb, but she couldn’t do much with it alone. The limbs on her left side were much worse and her left front leg was the weakest of them all. If she was carried with her feet grazing the floor, she would paddle some of her legs slightly. She was unable to sit in a natural kitty sit and she only wanted to lay on her side. Based on her clinical signs, the most likely causes of her problems were Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE) or Disc Disease in her neck.
With rehabilitation therapy, including therapeutic exercises, laser, and acupuncture, Peyton has made great improvements. While she still has neurologic signs on her left front limb, she is now able to get up and walk independently. Even though the left front leg is weaker than the others, she is actively using it and she is doing exercises at home and getting stronger every time we see her!
Peyton is now an indoor kitty, who has discovered that she loves catnip! We look forward to seeing how Peyton progresses going forward!!
Check out Peyton's progress video on our YouTube Channel: Click here
Quincy - Episodes of Neck & L Shoulder Pain
Meet Quincy, our February Pet of the Month. Quincy is a 10-year-old Labrador/Golden Retriever cross. He is an experienced therapy dog, and makes weekly trips to 2 local hospitals. He is well known for his gentle demeanor with the patients. For Halloween, he is a good sport and dresses up for his trips.
On top of his therapy dog work, he is a good role model for the Future Leader Dog puppies that are raised by his family. He retired from Flyball in 2016 after earning his ONYX award for 20,000 career points in NAFA (North American Flyball Association) and 10,000 career points in U-FLI (United Flyball League, International).
He started seeing us in September of 2016 for episodes of neck pain and muscle spasms in his left shoulder. The episodes had been occurring occasionally over several years, but had gotten worse in frequency and pain level. During his episodes, he would have difficulty moving his neck, especially to the left, and the muscles in his left shoulder would visibly spasm and cause significant pain and discomfort.
Quincy started rehabilitation therapy sessions with us, focusing on core and front limb strengthening (we also worked on his hind limbs too). We also introduced exercises that improved flexibility along his neck and spine. Quincy responded very well to his new program. He is as active now as he has ever been, able to keep up with the pups and go for long hikes, and has not had a single episode of his neck pain since coming to Pawsitive Steps. His mom feels that rehabilitation and continued fitness has allowed him to continue to happily serve as a therapy dog and has significantly enhanced his quality of life in his senior years.