Pet of the Month

Windsor – Congenital Radial Hypoplasia of R Forelimb

Meet Windsor, our January 2019 Pet of the Month.  We initially met Windsor in May 2018 when he was 3 months old, for assessment of rehabilitation and orthotic care options to help with his unique congenital problem.  Windsor had not been using his right front leg normally and had already seen an orthopedic specialist in April.  He was diagnosed with right radial and carpal hypoplasia with carpal varus malformation.  This diagnosis basically means that his radius (the weight bearing bone below the elbow) was underdeveloped and so were his carpal (wrist) bones.  As a result, he held up his paw most of the time because his wrist would bend awkwardly when he placed weight on the limb.  Unfortunately, in many cases, puppies with these types of congenital issues end up having the limb amputated, but there are so many amazing new options available and his mom wanted to see if something other than amputation would work for Windsor.  Use of a padded bandage was started to see if he would use the leg if the wrist was supported and this did help quite a bit.  However, a growing puppy needs lots of bandage changes to maintain this lifestyle, so additional options were discussed.

Since his response to a padded bandage was positive, our goal was to work towards developing a custom orthosis once he was near full adult size.  We started working with Windsor to teach him basic exercises that would help him later with his transition to his orthosis.  We also had a custom soft brace made to help support his paw as he grew, so that we could stop using the padded bandages.  Once Windsor was 8 months old, he was casted for his custom right carpal-paw orthotic device.

He took to his orthosis quite well and quickly progressed through new exercises and has been doing great!  We are so proud of Windsor and his mom for all of their hard work.  We will continue to see him periodically over his lifetime to be sure that all is well with his orthotic device and help with basic maintenance of it and probably some tune-up exercises along the way.  He has a long active life ahead of him and can use all 4 legs to run through all the challenges ahead.

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Tessa – DJD with Hind Limb Neurologic Signs

Frosty – Forelimb Amputee with Bilateral Medial Patellar Luxation

Marley – Severe Left Hind Limb Lameness Following Multiple Wounds

Radar – Post-op MRIT Cruciate Surgery

Fiona – Rehab Following Bilateral Luxating Patella Surgery

Peanut - Orthosis Use for Management of L Paw (Metacarpal) Fractures

KaBoom – Multiple Protruding Discs & IVDD at C2-C3

Kona – Iliopsoas Strain turned Fitness Patient

Peyton – Neurologic Signs Involving All 4 Limbs (Cervical FCE)

Quincy - Episodes of Neck & L Shoulder Pain

Georgia – Medial Luxating Patellas

MacKenzie – Suspected FCE Affecting All Limbs

Lizzie – Arthritis and Weight Management

Bruno – HL Neurologic Signs, Degenerative Myelopathy

Peanut – Weight Loss during Rehab for 2 TPLO Surgeries

Russell – L Rear Limb Prosthesis

Shy - Spinal arthritis and HL ataxia

Bella – Journey Back from Bilateral Cruciate Injuries

Petey – Cervical Neck Pain & Weight Management

Mr. Belvidere – Rear Limb Neurologic Problems

Bella & Echo – Dock Diving Duo

Lucca - Orthosis Device for L FL Congenital Abnormality

Oliver – Chronic rear limb neurologic signs following back surgery

Brandy – Multiple Prolapsed Discs with a “Side of Arthritis”

Niki – Arthritis in Multiple Joints & Lots of Other Conditions too

Heckel – Post-op L TTA rehab & Agility Competitor

Finn – Assistance Dog with Spinal Arthritis and Muscle Atrophy

Joey – Conformation Competitor Returns to Action after TPLO Surgeries

Phoebe – Arthritis, Back & Neck Pain and an old CCL injury

Chica – Fractured Spine & Rear Limb Paresis

Indie – Bilateral Hip Dysplasia in a Young Dog

Tigger - R cruciate tear & a heart condition

Quigley - Unusual R Rear Limb Lameness

Boomer – Senior Agility Competitor

Marlo - Arthritis in Multiple Joints, Weight Loss Success Story

Charles J. Schnickelfritz - aka "Charlie" - R FL amputee

Nahanni - Severe arthritis in hips and lumbar spine

Roo, the Hopping Puppy - Unusual Front Limb Gait

Mason - Chronic Arthritis

Brunhilda - L HL house slipper prosthesis corrects 3rd limb for this kitty

Miss Daisy - R HL Prosthetic Device

Bodacious - post-op back surgery

Emma - L cruciate tear + IMHA/ITP

Chance - HL paresis

Vinny - L FL radial nerve damage

Sadie - L HL fractures with neurologic deficits

Doods - Post-op TPLO rehab in the canine athlete

Nema - R FL Orthotic Device

Lulu - L TPLO sx & Elbow Dysplasia

Faith - spinal traction injury

Ranger - FCE (Fibrocartilaginous Embolism)

Roy - R FL Congenital Abnormality & Prosthesis Patient

Bialy - OA, R Cruciate Tear, Wt Mgmt

Foxy - L FL lameness

Poppy - Fracture & MPL

Lady - IVDD/Disc Disease

Coco Channel - L HL amputation

Willow - Prosthesis for Congenital Limb Defect

Lucy - Lupus & Arthritis

Bailey - HL Neurologic Issues

Polar - Arthritis in Multiple Joints

Baby - Back Injury & Orthopedic Problems

Baxter - Spinal Luxation

Klara - Cruciate Sx & Disc Sx

Pebbles - Orthopedic & Neurologic Problems

Pixel - R Hock & R Stifle Sx