Author Archives: NeuroVet

About NeuroVet

Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology (RMVN), 3550 S. Inca St., Englewood, CO 80110, 303-874-2081, http://rockymountainveterinaryneurology.com, Dr. Stephen Lane, Diplomate, ACVIM-Specialty of Neurology, Veterinary Neurology/Neurosurgery

Pet Tip: My Pet Can’t Blink

My pet seems fine, but her/his facial expression is not the same as it was yesterday. There is drool coming from the side of the mouth, and my pet appears unable to blink on the same side. A fleshy membrane will flick across the eye if I attempt to touch my pet’s face. Rest assured, […]

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Pet Tip: Difficult Prehension and Swallowing

Dysfunction of the nerves of the mouth and throat can present with difficulty prehending (act of taking food or water into the mouth), swallowing (act of moving the food bolus or water from the mouth to the pharynx and into the swallow tube, esophagus and transport to the stomach). These cranial neuropathies can present a […]

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Pet Memorial: Decker Perera

Pet Memorial – “Decker Perera”. On November 13th, 2012 Decker passed away, cradled in his mother’s arms. Dear Dr. Lane, Lori, Stacey and others at VRCC neurology, I felt moved to share my gratitude to you all for helping my little Jack Russell Terrier, Decker back in 2008 and 2009. We came to you in […]

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Video: About Cauda Equina Neuropathy

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Video: About Animal Seizures

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Video: Fibrocartilagenous Embolic Myelopathy

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Video: About Diskospondylitis

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Video: The Story of Smokey Gray

Smokey Gray, Cat This happy cat is the local icon at Aurora, Tagawa Gardens. As you can see, posing for photographs is without effort. Smokey provided a source of amusement and defined the “perfect patient” as he recovered from spinal cord surgery. Smokey models the polo striped shirt, with a hint of outdoor dirt! We […]

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Video: Inflammatory CNS Disease

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Video: Intervertebral Disc Disease

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Video: Diagnosis and Treatment for Syringomyelia in Dogs

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Video: GME – A Debilitating CNS Disease in Canines

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Video: Canine Cognitive Disorder

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Video Testimonial: Bogi, Dog

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Video Testimonial: Ciel, Dog

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Video Testimonial: Charity, Dog

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Video Testimonial: Gypsy, Dog

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Video Testimonial: Lady, Dog

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Video Testimonial: Link & Bailey, Dogs

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Video Testimonial: Chloe, Dog

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Video Testimonial: Haven, Great Dane

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Pet of the Month: March 2012: “Shelby” Miracle, Maltese

“Shelby” Miracle – Maltese Shelby is a mature Maltese dog who is lucky to have an incredibly devoted owner who recognized Shelby’s friendship at an early age. Shelby has been an insulin dependent diabetic and suffers from hypertension (high blood pressure). Due to her diabetes, Shelby developed cataracts, which were successively removed improving her vision. […]

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Gweni

“Gweni” Gregory – Corgi 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 […]

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Nagaia

“Nagaia” Speakman 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 […]

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Wheelchair Carts For Pets: Odie

“Odie” Paul 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 […]

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Pet of the Month: February 2012

“Abigail” Sydney – Dachshund 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 […]

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Pet of the Month: January 2012

“Welby” Whitlock – Border Collie 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 […]

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Pet of the Month: December 2011

“Zeus” Beeghly – Terrier-mix 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 […]

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Pet of the Month: November 2011

“Emma” Cox, feline 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 […]

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Pet of the Month: October 2011

“Charity” Russell – Miniature Pincher Charity Russell is a Miniature Pincher 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 […]

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Pet of the Month: September 2011

“Stitch” Demetrion – Labrador Retriever 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 […]

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Video: Emily Gets A Second Chance

Click here to read more about: Emily Gets A Second Chance   Original Video URL: http://denver.cbslocal.com/video/6667308-dog-gets-second-chance-after-being-victim-of-hit-run/

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Pet of the Month: August 2011

“Barney” Sexton – St. Bernard Barney presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology in January of 2007 as an 8 year old St. Bernard with progressive weakness of his hind limbs. Dr. Lane performed magnetic resonance imaging and determined he had multiple ruptured intervertebral discs requiring surgery. Barney underwent surgery in March of 2007 and recovered […]

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Pet of the Month: July 2011

“Bear” Johnson – Bernese Mountain Dog As a young Bernese mountain dog, Bear was diagnosed with a lack of development of his external ear canals resulting in deafness. This did not seem to matter; he had always been the Johnson’s special dog that needed a little extra attention. In December of 2010, Bear experienced what […]

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Pet of the Month: June 2011

“Max” O’Shea – Crossbreed Bull terrier Renee and Eliot have been the proud parents of Max, a crossbreed Bull terrier, for about 10 years.  He was rescued from the Humane Society in Boulder, Colorado.  Max was initially found as a stray in Denver and the person who found him saw how special he was and […]

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Pet Memorial: “Murphy” Tuttle, Shetland Sheepdog

“Murphy” Tuttle – Shetland Sheepdog Many patients seen at Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology are referred from their family veterinarian.  Although most return to their family veterinarian’s care, some need regular check-ups and medication adjustments over a longer period of time.  Patients that suffer from seizures are an example of a case that needs to be […]

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Pet Memorial: “Red October”, Labrador

Red October, Labrador Red October presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology in March of 2009. Living an outdoor life in Montana meant everything to Red and his owners. Red presented after his owner noticed him having difficulty walking with his hind limbs. Following assessment and magnetic resonance imaging, Red October was found to suffer from […]

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Pet of the Month: April 2011

“Buster” Berry – Chocolate Labrador Buster is a handsome 2-year-old Chocolate Lab, who lives at home with his parents and his two human older brothers.  He lives the typical active Colorado lifestyle with his family, enjoying activities such as hiking, biking, and everything the outdoors has to offer. Buster was initially seen in April 2011 […]

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Pet of the Month: March 2011

“Delilah” Fuehrer – Mastiff Delilah is a social and active 6 1/2 year old Mastiff who presented for further assessment of progressive weakness in her hind limbs. Following her initial examination, Dr. Lane diagnosed Delilah with a T3-L3 myelopathy with right lateralization. This meant that there was a change to her spinal cord function in […]

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Pet of the Month: February 2011

“Brautwurst” Scott – Dachshund Brautwurst is a 4-year-old male Dachshund with a laid-back demeanor and affectionate attitude. Brautwurst presented with a history of back pain that was treated medically by his family veterinarian. Although Brautwurst made a full recovery, he had another episode of back pain, which resulted in a second round of medical management. […]

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Pet of the Month: January 2011

“Meka” Hooks – Doberman Meka Hooks presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology with a very vibrant, shy and stubborn personality. Meka was experiencing progressive gaiting difficulty characterized by slipping, sliding, and falling on all limbs. Despite this difficulty, Meka continued to try to keep up with her younger Doberman housemate, and warm the hearts of […]

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Pet of the Month: November 2010

“Isabella” Paxton – Shih Tzu Who could resist a face like this? Isabella presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology for further assessment of collapse, apnea and seizures. An acute onset was described with immediate professional veterinary attention given. Despite being very ill, Isabella shared her love for people and enthusiasm to please others from the […]

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Pet of the Month: October 2010

“Shay” Nelson – Dachshund “We are writing to give a testimonial to Dr. Lane on behalf of our beloved longhaired Dachshund Shay Nelson. At five years old Dr. Lane did spinal surgery on Shay’s neck and as promised she came through better than new. At eight years old Shay again had spinal surgery on her […]

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Pet of the Month: September 2010

“Tabby” Applegate – Domestic Shorthair Tabby presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology in October of 2008 suffering from continuous generalized and partial seizures. The onset of neurological change was sudden and concerning. Tabby was referred for further diagnostic testing and specialized neurological care. Despite unpredicted results, Tabby’s owners, Sandy and John, remained dedicated and supportive […]

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Pet of the Month: August 2010

“MacTavish Eastman” – Mastiff Growing up without a house of loving owners can often take a personality in the wrong direction. MacTavish endured multiple homes and owners as a puppy and the loss of both eyes due to corneal disease. His visual challenge did not hold him back learning how to live and play in […]

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Pet of the Month: July 2010

“Murphy” Homersham–Terrier Mix Pain can cripple the best, dogs included.  Add the inability to function to this handicap and a great family member’s life can be forever changed. Murphy presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology for help. Murphy underwent Magnetic Resonance Imaging study for progressive spinal cord dysfunction and pain.  Following the diagnosis of an […]

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Pet of the Month: June 2010

“Ebony” Golaszewski Ebony always has a smile on her face, despite adversity. Ebony enjoys running with her 4-legged family members above all else. Suddenly unable to walk on all legs and in pain, Ebony was referred to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology for diagnosis and therapy. Ebony’s mom had only one question, “Will she be able […]

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Pet of the Month: May 2010

“Shadow” Zonker – Shih Tzu After experiencing sudden onset of seizures, Shadow began a life-long association with Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology. Through the adversity of seizures and repeated hospitalizations, Shadow always maintained a loving personality and strong desire to return home to her caring family. Mrs. Zonker commented that she watched Dr. Lane grow up […]

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Pet of the Month: May 2010 #2

“Buddy” Helling – Corgi Buddy was an active part of the Helling family until a sudden onset of severe pain stopped his days of fun. Buddy was referred to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology for diagnosis and therapy. Buddy underwent magnetic resonance imaging and was diagnosed with a lateralized cervical (neck) intervertebral disc extrusion. Two surgeries […]

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Pet of the Month: April 2010 #1

“Rosie Sedona” Abbott – Dachshund Rosie enjoyed a wonderful lifestyle with her parents until she began to slow down and become painful. In late March, Rosie was reluctant to move, which quickly turned into dragging of her back legs. Rosie’s caring parents brought her to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology at VRCC. Rosie underwent MRI (Magnetic […]

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Pet of the Month: April 2010 #2

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Pet of the Month: April 2010 #3

“Noelle” Byrum – Dachshund Racing and playing with the other dogs one moment, unable to walk on all legs the next. What a stress! What a face! Noelle presented to Dr. Lane unable to walk and painful. Noelle was diagnosed with a type-3 disc extrusion in her neck. Following surgery, Noelle recovered quickly with return […]

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Pet of the Month: April 2010 #4

“Nessie” Lewis – Dachshund Nessie was an active, energetic dog, keeping the Lewis family moving at all times. Nessie experienced a sudden onset of pelvic limb dysfunction and dragging her rear limbs. In pain, Nessie presented to RMVN for help. An acute intervertebral disc extrusion was identified in her mid-back on MRI testing. Following successful […]

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Pet of the Month: March 2010 #2

“Casey” Khalilian – Corgi An appetite for good biscuits is not a question for Casey and his housemate. If mom cannot make them quick enough, Casey is always happy to open the bag for her. Casey continues to enjoy life with a supportive mother and competitive housemate. Always looking for something to do, Casey has […]

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Pet of the Month: March 2010

“Macho” Hanahan – Maine Coon Macho is truly a lucky cat at home with his family. Macho is fortunate to have loving owners who are willing to provide the care an epileptic requires. Despite having to take medications twice a day, Macho takes everything in stride. When things get too hectic, a quick retreat to […]

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Pet of the Month: February 2010 #2

“Bree” Anderson-Yorkshire Terrier We could not resist adding Bree to our February Pet of the Month. Bree embraced her neurologic challenge with the tenacity of a pit bull! Bree experienced a sudden onset of mental, behavioral and functional change characterized by depression, imbalance and difficulty walking with frequent falling to her side. Bree underwent magnetic […]

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Pet of the Month: February 2010

“Buddy” Cochran – French bulldog Presenting his owners with the uneasy task of understanding how their dog’s rear legs stopped working, 4-Year old Buddy Cochran issued this challenge. They responded quickly by getting Buddy to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology. Following neurologic examination, emergent magnetic resonance imaging and decompressive surgery we are happy to see Buddy […]

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Pet of the Month: December 2009

“Koa” Reis – Malamute Koa resides in the mountains of Colorado with his sister Kirra and parents. Suffering from an acute immune mediated nerve disease, Koa could not stand and walk for more than a few steps without weakening and collapsing. With a diagnosis and implementation of therapy, Koa is now able to go for […]

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Pet of the Month: November 2009

“Nesta” – Shiba Inu …a longtime fan of RMVN!

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Pet of the Month: October 2009

Smokey Gray, feline This happy cat is the local icon at Aurora, Tagawa Gardens. As you can see, posing for photographs is without effort. Smokey provided a source of amusement and defined the “perfect patient” as he recovered from spinal cord surgery. Smokey models the polo striped shirt, with a hint of outdoor dirt! We […]

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Pet of the Month: September 2009

Maddy, Chow Chow New Beginnings! Maddy, an adorable 6 month-old Chow Chow has never seen Dr. Lane or Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology. In fact, Maddy is very healthy. Maddy represents a new beginning for a Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology family that lost their beloved Chow Chow, Thor, to cancer in June 2009.  While Thor can […]

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Pet of the Month: August 2009

“Birthday Jake” – Yellow Labrador Celebrating his 9th Birthday Jake’s dedicated owners presented Jake for assessment on May 5, 2009 unable to walk on all legs and with severe arthritis in both elbows. On May 6, 2009, Jake underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and was diagnosed with two long term spinal cord disc compressions in […]

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Pet of the Month: July 2009

“Annie” Lane – Jack Russell Terrier As a veterinary specialist, I have been fortunate to practice specialized veterinary medicine and surgery for strangers and for colleagues, who allowed me the privilege of caring for their own pet. I have dealt with both the positive and negative outcomes of their companion animals. This is an emotional […]

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Pet of the Month: June 2009

“Tobie” – Jack Russell Terrier

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Tater

“Tater” Wolf – Mastiff: Tater enjoys a walk in the sun at the VRCC. After initial reluctance to walk during his recovery from a bacterial infection in his right rear leg, Tater was placed into a tetra cart to aid in his rehabilitation. Because of the size of Tater, this allowed for a quicker recovery […]

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Dylan

“Dylan” Leikam – Doberman Pinscher Dylan appears to have difficulty with imitation grass. Actually, Dylan is experiencing the benefit of the tetra cart during the initial stages of his recovery from spinal surgery. Dylan presented unable to walk on all limbs due to two levels of compression on his spinal cord. Following surgery, Dylan was […]

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Buddy

“Buddy” Gray – Miniature Dachshund Buddy enjoys a sunny day in Colorado with the help of his paracart. Recovering from an intervertebral disc extrusion and paralysis of his rear legs, the paracart is allowing Buddy to experience the joys offered to ambulatory pets. Keep up the good work Buddy!

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Leia

“Leia” Christian – Yellow Lab Leia, a Yellow Labrador, lost her ability to stand and walk on all 4 legs due to a spinal cord problem in her neck. Dr. Lane utilized magnetic resonance imaging of her neck (cervical spine) to diagnose Leia’s problem, a spinal tumor. Spinal Tumor Resection was performed to remove as […]

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Dirty Boy

“Dirty Boy” Jenkins – Pekingese “Dirty Boy,” a Pekingese, came to see Dr. Lane because he was paralyzed in his hind limbs after getting into a scuffle with a big dog. Only time, physical therapy, a lot of patience and help from his dad, helped Dirty Boy learn how to walk again. Dirty Boy is […]

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Chopper

“Chopper” Williams – Yellow Lab Chopper, a Labrador retriever came to see Dr. Lane because he was weak in his hind limbs. Diagnosed with a bone tumor in his right hind leg, surgery was not an option. As Chopper’s walks became shorter, his mom wondered what else she could do to help him. Hesitantly, Chopper’s […]

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Scooby

“Scooby” Scott/Farrington – Lab Mix Scooby, a Labrador retriever became a patient of Dr. Lane after losing complete function of his hind limbs. Scooby required decompressive spinal surgery. Scooby’s recovery was long and difficult. Aiding in the recovery process, Scooby used a loaner rear support cart offered by Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology as a part […]

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Spunky

“Spunky” Harwell – German Shepard Spunky presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology on April 27, 2009. At nearly 9 years of age, Spunky has remained an outgoing and very friendly German Shepard dog. Spunky appreciated a 12-month history of progressive pelvic-limb scuffing, weakness and wobbliness. Despite remaining pain free, this energetic companion was unable to […]

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Maggie

“Maggie” Jamison – Corgi Maggie has provided great joy to all that encounter her smile. As her rear legs began to fail, her mother did not hesitate when a rear leg para wheelchair cart was suggested. After a quick fitting, Maggie peeled rubber out of the hospital. She was last seem motoring through the local […]

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Daisy

“Daisy” Collins – Rottweiler Daisy, a Rottweiler came to see Dr. Lane after losing the use her hind limbs. Daisy experienced a compressive spinal cord injury from a ruptured intervertebral disc. Following spinal surgery to remove the spinal cord compression, Daisy quickly evidenced the need for greater support when walking, due to her size. Daisy […]

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Walter

“Walter” Hufendick – Chocolate Lab: Walter is an insulin dependent diabetic who experienced progressive spinal cord dysfunction resulting in the inability to walk on all limbs after suffering a ruptured disc in his neck. Walter underwent successful spinal cord surgery. Because of his size, it was difficult to help Walter stand and attempt to walk. […]

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Pet of the Month: January 2010

Foxy Lady Is it hot in here or is it just me? Actually, I am just waiting for more chilled de-ionized water. Where else can you get 5-Star treatment from a specialty neurology service? Foxy Lady is recovering from an unusual antibiotic induced reaction affecting her coordination center of her brain.  With a full recovery […]

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Pet of the Month: June 2010 #3

“Dylan Leikam” Dylan arrived to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology with the ability to win over the hearts of the hospital staff. This not only demonstrated his intellect, but his uncanny ability to find a way into our hearts. Dylan was battling a spinal cord disease that was destroying the function of his cervical (within his […]

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Pet of the Month: June 2010 #2

“Rajah” Kruhm Rajah, the angelic-appearing Pomeranian in this photo has always enjoyed an active and outgoing lifestyle. Crippled by severe neck pain, Rajah was unable to enjoy racing up the stairs with BJ. Despite excellent medical care, Rajah was unable to function. Rajah was referred to RMVN and with magnetic resonance imaging, was diagnosed with […]

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Pet of the Month: July 2010 #2

“Eukie” Tarry – Malamute We are often asked to define happiness for our pets. Eukie’s owners, Holly and Jason, allowed Eukie to dictate this pleasure for himself and his parents. They had no idea they were his vehicle. The picture cannot provide insight to the personality this dog had. Eukie greeted Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology […]

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Pet of the Month: September 2010 #2

“Zeke” Triplett – Bull Mastiff It is memorable for a specialty veterinarian to meet a remarkable pet. Zeke was introduced to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology suffering from a left thoracic-limb lameness where diagnosis had remained elusive. Despite experiencing pain in the left front leg, Zeke always greeted everyone with a wagging tail, a smile, and […]

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Wheelchair Carts for Pets: Chaucer

“Chaucer” Keene – Basset Hound Chaucer is an elderly Basset statesman sporting his shiny new wheels. Chaucer re-presented to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology because of declining spinal cord function over the past year. Chaucer had undergone successful decompressive surgery in 2006 with return to a walking status, after suffering a ruptured intervertebral disc extrusion and […]

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