Pet of the Month

Thor - Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE)

Meet Thor, our March 2021 Pet of the Month. We initially met Thor in November of 2020. Shortly before we met him, Thor suddenly was unable to use his rear legs. After being referred to a specialist, a MRI was performed and revealed that Thor suffered from a Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE) aka spinal stroke. A FCE is an acute spinal cord injury in which a piece of fibrous cartilage suddenly obstructs the blood supply to an area of the spinal cord.

After his FCE, Thor needed quite a bit of assistance walking in his rear limbs. However, he recovered quite quickly. Thor’s typical rehabilitation visits include therapeutic exercises to develop his home exercises program, underwater treadmill, laser therapy, PEMF therapy, and acupuncture. Thor progress so quickly that we were able to stop using acupuncture and focus mostly on developing his homework exercises. Thor enjoys working on therapeutic exercises and walking in the underwater treadmill, so much so that he doesn’t want cookies for his job well done. Like most huskies he enjoys working hard!

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Arlo - Back Pain

Bailey – Hind Limb Weakness & Loud Breathing (GOLPP)

Teddy Bear – Back Injury & Rear Limb Paresis following Car Accident

Nemo - Bilateral Forelimb Dysgenesis & Front End Wheelchair Superstar

Katy – Toe Fracture on Rear Foot

Jersey – Bilateral TPLO, then Hind Limb Neuropathy

Bowser - Bilateral Congenital Elbow Deformities

Wizard – Right Carpal Hyperextension Supported with Custom Orthosis

Buddy – Cat with Multiple Pelvic Fractures

Miles – Underdeveloped Hind Limb Muscle Mass

Jude – Chronic Neck Pain

Remi – Severe Spondylosis and Osteoarthritis

Stella – Right TPLO Surgery with Revision

Suki – Fibrocartilaginous Embolism

Tilly – Post-op TPLO

Bruno – Arthritis Care & Weight Loss

Rocket - Back Surgery

Hunter – Arthritis in Hips & Lumbar Spine

Cowboy – Bilateral Ectrodactyly (Congenital Deformities of Carpal Joints & Paws), Bilateral Hip Dysplasia, Bilateral Shoulder Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)

Valentino aka “Tino” – Neck Surgery & Laryngeal Paralysis

Windsor – Congenital Radial Hypoplasia of R Forelimb

Katie – R Achilles (“Gastroc”) Tear in Cat

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

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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