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Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurologist, Best Animal Vet Neurologist, Steve Lane

Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology
3550 South Inca Street
Englewood, CO 80110

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February 7, 2012 Pet Wheelchair Carts0

Gweni Gregory is an 11 year-old Corgi who started coming to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology in April 2010 with the complaint of hind limb dysfunction over the previous year. Dr. Lane diagnosed her with degenerative myelopathy and recommended a regular exercise program and a Para cart to aid in exercise and quality of life. Gweni’s parents decided to get her the Para cart before she really needed it so that she would have plenty of time to get used to and figure out how to use it.

Early in her disease she didn’t need to use it very often but as the months progressed she has started using it on a more regular basis. Her parents believe that starting use of the cart before she really needed it was beneficial in her training. She can now go just about anywhere or over any surface she wants with little difficulty.  Gweni also received the purple colored Para cart, as the simple grey was just not stylish enough for her!


February 7, 2012 Pet Wheelchair Carts0

Nagaia Speakman is a 14 year-old retriever-mix that began seeing Dr. lane in October of 2009. Dr. Lane diagnosed Nagaia with an age related degenerative myelopathy and a polyneuropathy. Nagaia’s dysfunction is progressing very slowly and in September 2010 at a recheck her owners reported that occasionally her hind limbs would slip out from underneath her. Nagaia also was not able to go on as long of walks as she used to. Dr. Lane’s recommendation was to continue with a regular exercise program to help keep her walking for as long as possible. This could only be done with the use of a Para cart and hydrotherapy. Nagaia adjusted to her para cart quickly and started being able to go on longer walks with her housemate again. Quality of life has remained.


February 7, 2012 Pet Wheelchair Carts0

Odie Paul presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology in April of 2009. Odie was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy. At that time Odie was just scuffing his hind feet as he walked but was still able to walk without difficulty.

Odie experienced progressive pelvic limb dysfunction and started to fall on walks after getting his rear legs tangled up. The owners borrowed a Para cart from RMVN to aid in Odie’s walks. Odie loved the cart even though it didn’t fit very well. Odie was more active and going faster than he’s gone in a long time. He seemed to be having much more fun. The owners ordered Odie his own cart.

These pictures are of Odie outfitted in his specialized new cart. The owners are very excited to be able to start going on more walks and further distances in the future with his new wheels.





February 7, 2012 Featured Patients0

Abigail is a 5-year-old Dachshund that presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology for further assessment of hind limb weakness and wobbliness. Signs had been present for 2-3 weeks and were not getting better with rest, restrictions and medical management.

After evaluation by Dr. Lane, Abigail underwent Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the spinal cord in the middle of Abigail’s back. An intervertebral disc extrusion (rupture) was found at T12-T13. Abigail underwent successful surgery. She was a little timid and nervous in the hospital following surgery, but was a great patient overall.

Abigail was recently in for a recheck and was given the green light for normal activity. She has recovered without pain, weakness or ataxia. We wish you the best Abigail.


February 7, 2012 Featured Patients0

Welby is a Border Collie that initially came to see Dr. Lane in June of 2007. In April of 2007 Welby started favoring her right hind leg and was reluctant to exercise as much has she normally had. This progressed to the point where she no longer wanted to go on walks. Welby would walk for a short period of time and sit down and refuse to go any further. After evaluation with Dr. Lane, it was determined that she had an ischemic neuromyopathy caused by bilateral femoral artery thrombosis. This means that she developed a blood clot that lodged in the termination of the aorta at the branches of her femoral arteries. This resulted in a blocking of the major blood supply from the heart to her back legs.

Additional testing was performed to identify the underlying disease that caused the clot to form. Her clot had formed spontaneously without cause that could be determined (idiopathic thrombosis). The treatment for Welby is a blood thinner to prevent further clot formation. The use of this medication required that Welby return to the Neurology staff frequently to monitor her clotting values. Dr. Lane would assess the lab results and make changes to the medication dosages based on the lab work and Welby’s activity level.

Welby has remained stable for the last several years, thanks to Dr. Lane and his expertise. Just this year Shelby was switched to a new blood thinner that has been shown to have less long-term side effects. Shelby is a happy dog that now enjoys walks of 15-20 minutes at a time. She’s happy to be a family dog and receive all of her owners’ love and attention.


February 7, 2012 Featured Patients0

Zeus is an 8-year-old Terrier-mix who presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology in August of 2012. During the previous week Zeus became lethargic, developed back pain and began to have trouble walking. His owner noticed that he would fall over when trying to stand. Zeus’ case was complicated by the fact that he had a low red blood cell count (anemia) and elevated globulin level (hyperglobulinemia).

After a physical and neurological examination by Dr. Lane, Zeus underwent Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Cerebrospinal Fluid Assessment (CSF). Zeus was diagnosed with a congenital hydrocephalus and inflammation of his brain. Additional testing was performed and revealed the cause of his illness was a tick borne disease called Ehrlichia canis. This infectious agent is not commonly found in Colorado. Zeus spent 4 days in the hospital receiving treatment for his infection and inflammation of his nervous system.

Zeus was discharged from the hospital with an improving status. At his 3-month recheck, Zeus had recovered back to near normalcy. Zeus will need long-term antibiotic therapy; but he is living a happy and energetic life, and continues to travel with his mom.


February 7, 2012 Pet Wheelchair Carts0

Emma is a 13-year-old DSH cat that came to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology in September of 2011. Emma experienced sudden onset of inability to walk on all limbs (tetraparesis). Emma could move her back legs but was unable to stand or walk on her own. Following magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of her cervical (neck) spinal cord it was determined that Emma had suffered a stroke in her cervical spinal cord. This is the result of blockage of a blood vessel feeding the spinal cord.

Emma remained hospitalized under Dr. Lane’s care for close to a week. The staff of Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology performed physical therapy, passive range of motion and massage on her frequently throughout the day. When Emma began pushing herself around, she was placed in a tetra cart to help with her rehabilitation. Almost immediately Emma was trying to walk. She was able to push off with her hind limbs and propel herself forward. Three weeks after her injury Emma was walking without the use of the quad cart. She is still very weak, but continues to improve.

Emma demonstrated a great personality during her stay. She is one of the only cats to tolerate the tetra cart. She allowed the staff to do anything necessary without complaint. Emma was also very talkative despite the infarction making her voice soft and weak. Emma would “mouth” a meow without audible noise when spoken to. Emma is destined to enjoy a lifetime walking and talking.




February 6, 2012 Featured Patients0

Charity Russell is a Miniature Pinscher owned by Wendy Russell. In December 2006 Charity had an episode of severe neck pain and an acute onset of blindness. She underwent Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Cerebrospinal Fluid Analysis and was diagnosed with Granulomatous Meningoencephalomyelitis (GME). This is an aggressive inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.

Charity spent 2 days hospitalized under the care of Dr. Lane during which time she received a chemotherapeutic agent, Cytosine Arabinoside and glucocorticoid therapy, Dexamethasone, to treat the brain and spinal cord inflammation. Charity responded to therapy and returned to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology on a regular basis for follow up rechecks with Dr. Lane. Initially these rechecks were every few weeks to months. As Charity continued to improve, she regained her vision, and has led a fairly normal life for the past 5 years.

Charity has remained on medications to keep her GME in remission, and she has responded very well. Her mother is acutely aware of any changes that Charity may experience and calls us immediately if something is different. It has been her mother’s acute awareness that has allowed Charity to keep her vision and remain healthy. Charity is very lucky to have Wendy as her mother.




February 6, 2012 Featured Patients0

Stitch was referred to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology on March 30, 2011 for neurological evaluation. The previous night, Stitch became acutely tetraparetic (weak in all 4 legs), with no known trauma. After evaluation by Dr. Lane, Stitch underwent an MRI of his cervical spinal cord and was diagnosed with an acute ischemic infarction (stroke) of his cervical (neck) spinal cord. This is similar to experiencing a stroke of the brain, but to the spinal cord, which affected Stitch’s ability to move all of his limbs.

Stitch remained in the hospital under the care of the neurology staff for 4 days. Stitch’s parents were taught to care for him at home. A tetra-cart was utilized to aid with his physical therapy and recovery. Stitch’s owners remained committed to his recovery, making all accommodations for Stitch during his rehabilitation. Stitch had a schedule of physical therapy, most of which was performed at home with his parents. On weekends he went for hydrotherapy.

Stitch never gave up, always happy to make an effort for his parents. Stitch used the tetra cart initially, to just simply remain in a standing position for minutes at a time. He eventually started walking in the cart, allowing increased activity and longer.

Stitch and his parents had 5 months of physical therapy and rehabilitation. When Stitch came in for his recheck in September, he was walking on his own again and quite happy. He is still a little weak, but will continue to improve for months to come. He’s back to enjoying life with his family and other dog mate.



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