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 (see MRI image). 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.

Dog Candy at Vet Neurology Stirling

Here is another Spidey dog update. She is doing incredibly well and is still living it up!!!
We hope you continue to love life Spidey dog!!!

From your friends at Vet Extra x

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Dear Jacques

Mum says today is being 4 months since you are all being lucky enough to be meeting me.

I am still being very busy every day and doing good helping on the farm. Mum says I am still being fat but I am needing my weight so that I can pin Hudson down because he is being much bigger than me now. I am playing with Hudson nonstop. He is my new best friend and Scout is jealous and doing lots of barking because we are not letting her play with us and it is driving Mum and Dad up the wall.

Scout is being even sicker than me as in the past week her kidneys, pancreas and liver is not working good and she is going to be doing her dying before me. Mum is being very very sad and I am giving her lots of hugs.

A lot of people have been visiting and everyone is saying that I am not looking sick at all. My legs are being a bit wobbly again though so Mum is maybe needing to do more of her magic kissing.

This year, as I am being very special, I have been having two birthdays like the Queen. I was being 8 1/2 in October and Mum is making me a birthday cake out of steak and it was delicious (better than the diet food)

Mum is putting a post and a picture on Facebook saying she is feeling like a drug dealer making all the broccoli wraps for my diet and then two policemen is turning up at the door but it is all ok, Mum is not being arrested, they are looking for naughty Ben who is not paying his fine.

My new sister is being born and even though Mum is paying in full for her up front they are still cutting the tail off and Mum is having a big fit (she was needing to be taking some of my medicine).

Dad says this is probably a good thing though because if I keep doing my good living then Mum would not be able to be going to collect my sister anyway. I am not good at sharing Mum so I don’t actually want a new sister to live with us so no puppies are coming until next year so that I can keep having Mum all to myself.

It’s time to go; Hudson looks like he needs beat up again.

Keep doing all your good saving.

Spider dog

PS We are not getting all the squares yet from the knitting demo but I will post them when we do.

Vet Extra Neurology

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