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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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AFTER-HOURS & ER: Please contact our Main Number 303-874-2081 or the VRCC located across the street from us 303-874-7387




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November 26, 2012 Pet Memorials0

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 grave need and you helped give my little guy 4 years of life when many thought it wasn’t meant to be.

Dr. Lane, I remember when he seemed to be at his worst, as we stood outside his “cage” at VRCC, I asked if you sincerely had hope for him. You paused for a bit and said, “yes.” Thank you!

Lori, you came all the way to Boulder to deliver and adjust his set of wheels. Thank you!

Stacey, I just knew you dearly cared for him. Thank you!

With deep appreciation,


June 23, 2011 Pet Memorials0

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 monitored closely by a neurologist.  A seizure is characterized by abnormal, uncontrolled electrical discharge from the thalamus and/or cerebral cortex of the brain.  Regardless of the cause of a seizure, anticonvulsant therapy is often required.  While receiving anticonvulsant therapy it is important to have regular examinations and blood work to monitor anticonvulsant levels, response to treatment and to assure that toxic or untoward effects are not occurring to the body.

Murphy Tuttle, a Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) started having seizures at 8 months of age. Dr. Lane first saw him when he was 10 months old and placed Murphy on combination anticonvulsant therapy.  Murphy’s family was dedicated to giving him the best quality of life, and committed to giving multiple medications, with regular adjustments and examinations.  Over the following years, Murphy experienced a variety of seizure activity.  This included generalized motor seizures (whole body), partial seizures (twitching, head and neck tremors, fly-biting, collapse), and cluster seizures (multiple seizures within a few minutes or hours).  Regular assessments were made by Dr. Lane to control Murphy’s seizures and provide quality of life.

Although Murphy experienced recurrent seizures, he was able to live a happy and outgoing lifestyle with his family at home.  Murphy loved racing around his backyard, jumping over his obstacles in the obstacle course his owners had created, all the while, barking and smiling at his loving owners.

Dr. Lane and the technical staff also had the opportunity to get to know Murphy’s ‘people’, Linda and Paulette. Even when supporting the Colorado Rockies during the baseball season, they gave unconditional love to Murphy.

Murphy was seen regularly at RMVN over 8 years, and as stated by Dr. Lane, ‘”defied all odds of longevity with all the clinical challenges he faced.”  In February 2011 the long-term effects of anticonvulsants and continued seizure activity was affecting his liver function. Murphy’s liver was giving out and Murphy was slipping away.  Dr. Lane and Murphy’s family considered his quality of life, and the long battle he had fought.  Quality of life was always held as the goal of all treatments for Murphy. Linda and Paulette made the most difficult decision they had had to make and say good-bye to a friend of 9 years.  They had attempted to provide all they could to give Murphy unconditional love and the ability to live his life to the fullest regardless of any neurologic condition.  He will be missed by everyone he came into contact with.


June 23, 2011 Pet Memorials0

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 a chronic intervertebral disc extrusion and an infection of a the disc and adjoining bones of the spine (vertebrae). Red October underwent surgery for his disc rupture and spinal cord injury and long-term antibiotic therapy was instituted for the spinal infection. His recovery was uneventful. Red returned to Montana with his owners and resumed an active outdoor lifestyle.

Unique to this family association was that Red October’s owner is a certified canine massage therapist. Red received frequent massages and physical therapy right in his own home. Yet, Red preferred going to the clinic with his owner to socialize while he received his massage.

Red October made the long trip back to Denver in October of 2010. His owner had noticed that he was starting to walk with a choppy gait in his front limbs and becoming weaker again on his hind limbs. Magnetic resonance imaging was repeated. Red October was now found to have compression of his spinal cord in his neck. Red October underwent cervical spinal surgery to correct the spinal cord compression. His recovery was slower than his first surgery despite his mother ensuring all Red October’s needs were fulfilled. Red October was pain free and back with his sister Magic who suffers from recurrent seizures.

In life, most are remembered by the accomplishments they failed to achieve. Red October will be remembered by his strong and positive personality and wagging tail. His human mother believed in quality of life.

Red was an inspiration and best friend to his mother who loved him dearly. Red October passed away almost a year after his second spinal surgery. Many that loved him will miss him.

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