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 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.