Pet of the Month

Nelson - Hindlimb Weakness

Nelson is our April 2022 Pet of the Month!  We met Nelson at the beginning of February for hind limb mobility concerns.  Nelson is an 11 year old Labradoodle.  He was able to walk 2-3 miles a day but over the course of a year, he was unable to maintain that distance.  His family came to Pawsitive Steps to see if rehabilitation could help!

At his initial exam, we found Nelson had muscle atrophy in both hind limbs, some myofascial back pain, and we suspected he had Geriatric Onset of Laryngeal Paralysis and Polyneuropathy (aka GOLPP).  GOLPP is a degenerative neurological disease that affects older dogs between the ages of 8-13 years. In dogs with GOLPP, dysfunction of the recurrent laryngeal nerve results in paralysis of the muscles responsible for abducting (opening) the arytenoids during inspiration, which limits the amount of air that can flow into the trachea and down to the lungs. This condition is exacerbated in hot, humid weather and during stressful situations. In most cases, the cause of this dysfunction is unknown. Other nerves may also be affected, resulting in hind limb weakness, and these signs may develop over several months to years.

Nelson is a very chill guy!  He only likes to eat Lean Treats when he is here, but he has to chase a few that are gently rolled across the floor first.  The underwater treadmill is just “okay” in Nelson’s view.  But he does become a bit more animated when he gets to watch the other dogs work on the floor while he is walking.  His absolute favorite modality here is laser therapy!  He lays right down and cuddles the entire time. 

Since starting rehabilitation, Nelson is acting younger and is able to be more active at home too!

Boss - Post-Op Hemilaminectomy Surgery

Amber L HL Deformity/Femur Fracture

Albus - Hemilaminectomy

Rocky - Bilateral TPLO

Triton - Hind Limb Amputee

Jethro - Hindlimb Weakness & Hip DJD

Brody - Arthritis elbows, stifles, both hips

Daphne - Wrist Arthritis

Pixel - Feline Lumbar Back Pain

Arlo - Back Pain

Tina - Left Hindlimb Prosthesis for Deformity

Thor - Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE)

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

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