Ranger - FCE (Fibrocartilaginous Embolism)
Meet Ranger, our June Pet of the Month. He is a 5 year old Labrador Retriever, who suffered a Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE), which is like a spinal stroke. FCE signs look just like if a disc moves in the spine, but with MRI there is no evidence of a disc to remove surgically. The good news is that no surgery is needed and most patients make very good recoveries with rehabilitation therapy. His FCE happened over Mother's Day weekend and was located in his neck, so it affected use of all 4 of his legs. Initially, he was completely paralyzed and quite confused about the whole episode. He slowly regained use of his rear limbs, followed by his front legs. With rehabilitation therapy, acupuncture and lots of homework at home with his folks, Ranger is making steady progress and arrives each week with a smile on his face and takes on relearning his fine motor skills. It will take him quite a while to get everything back, but he is doing extremely well. Stay tuned for Ranger updates on our Facebook page!