Pet of the Month

Katy – Toe Fracture on Rear Foot

 

We first met Katy, in 2015, when she was 8 years old and was an active competitor in agility.  She came in for a baseline exam and she was orthopedically sound except she was missing her outside toe on her left hind limb.  That toe had previously been amputated due to a fracture.   Pan ahead to April 2018, and we saw Katy again for rehabilitation after she fractured her fourth digit on her left hind limb (think ring finger on humans) and right next to the missing toe.  Well, this time a toe amputation was not an option because dogs bear most of their weight on their middle two digits of each paw (the 3rd and 4th digits, counting the dewclaw as #1).

Katy was in a cast for several weeks to keep the fractured toe as immobilized as possible while it healed. As a result, she lost range of motion in her hock and stifle (ankle and knee respectively) due to the length of time she was in a cast (her hock/ankle was inside the cast too).  Once her cast was removed, we began rehabilitation to restore range of motion, improve weight bearing, and reverse muscle atrophy on her left hind limb.  In August 2018, the fractured toe hyperextended, meaning the ligaments that held the toe in place were damaged and her toe looked “flat” (no bends in it when standing up).  Thankfully, this was not painful for her, but that type of toe problem will affect how the toe functions and pushes off from the ground.  This is usually not a big problem for pets, but it can significantly hamper performance in sporting dogs.  Despite her flat toe, Katy was able to achieve all three of her rehabilitation therapy milestones:  improving her range of motion, muscle mass, and weight bearing of her left hind limb. 

However, Katy’s left hind limb toe remained hyperextended.  It was decided that with a previously amputated toe and a hyperextended toe on the same foot, returning to agility would put Katy at risk of potentially re-injuring herself.  Katy is now retired from agility, but she is still very active.  She comes in regularly for conditioning appointments and is enjoying her new sport of Nose Work! 

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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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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