This little beauty is Candy. Candy presented to VEN on 15th December 2017 with hind limb ataxia and weakness, over the previous four days with a sudden deterioration to complete hindlimb paralysis a day previous to referral.
Presentation such as this pointed to a number of possible causes, though further investigation was required to identify the definitive cause of her paralysis.
On examination Candy had complete hindlimb paralysis, though her pain sensations in the limbs were intact and she could wag her tail. The exam findings were consistent with a spinal cord injury localising to the thoracolumbar junction.
MRI scanning was performed to conclude the findings of Candy’s examination, the images showed the presence of an intervertebral disc extrusion in the thoracolumbar region.
The extrusion was further causing marked spinal cord compression, with extension of the disc material over three vertebrae in length.
Treatment for Candy was by means of a continuous Hemilaminectomy. The disc space which was affected plus 2 in front were fenestrated to try and limit the chance of the condition recurring.
Candy remained in the hospital for approximately a week with pain killers and monitoring, she is such a laid back puppy and very good for treatments. She did everything she needed and adored getting her rewards after. All the nurses who nursed her really missed her when she went home but we are so happy about her getting home to see her Mum and Dad again.
Candy required lots of TLC and encouragement to walk so she could get home, she improved quickly once she wanted to get up and about.
Her owners were thrilled to get her home and updates from them and Candy’s own vet are very positive. Everyone at VEN wishes Candy continued improvement and nurses especially send her huge hugs.