Pet of the Month

Suki – Fibrocartilaginous Embolism

 

Meet Suki, our August 2020 Pet of the Month.  Suki suffered a fibrocartilaginous embolism (aka spinal stroke) on May 24, 2020.  When we first met her on June 1, she was unable to walk with her rear legs and needed lots of support to get around.  With support, she would try to advance her left hind limb, but showed minimal engagement of her right hind limb.  

Our first goals for Suki were to try to improve her nerve communication and to help her get up and moving on her own as much as possible. We fitted her with a Help ‘Em Up Harness and tested her out in a rear-end wheel chair.  The plan was to allow her family to use both tools to help Suki defy gravity enough that she could try to pattern her hind limbs on her own.  Initially, we saw Suki twice weekly to try to jump-start her recovery and provide as much neural stimulation as possible through the use of specific exercises and acupuncture therapy.  Suki made steady improvement and was able to walk mostly on her own in a few short weeks.  With Suki becoming more mobile, we were able to start introducing structured exercises to help strengthen the muscles in her thighs and her core, as well as get her into the underwater treadmill.  

Suki still has a little way to go before she is back to her normal daily life, but her progress has been incredible thus far.  We look forward to seeing even more improvements in Suki’s abilities in the coming months.

Stella – Right TPLO Surgery with Revision

Remi – Severe Spondylosis and Osteoarthritis

Jude – Chronic Neck Pain

Miles – Underdeveloped Hind Limb Muscle Mass

Buddy – Cat with Multiple Pelvic Fractures

Wizard – Right Carpal Hyperextension Supported with Custom Orthosis

Bowser - Bilateral Congenital Elbow Deformities

Jersey – Bilateral TPLO, then Hind Limb Neuropathy

Katy – Toe Fracture on Rear Foot

Nemo - Bilateral Forelimb Dysgenesis & Front End Wheelchair Superstar

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

Bailey – Hind Limb Weakness & Loud Breathing (GOLPP)

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

Charles J. Schnickelfritz - aka

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