Pet of the Month: June 2010 #3

pet-of-the-month-JUN10-dylan-leikam“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 neck) spinal cord. Dylan had progressed to the point where he could no longer walk before presenting for further assessment and help. Following the neurological examination, Dylan underwent magnetic resonance imaging to define the cause and extent of his spinal cord dysfunction. Multiple compressions were found to be present in his neck. Surgical decompression followed with steady neurologic recovery noted. Dylan was discharged with a very promising future.

Despite the supportive efforts of his devoted owner, Dylan developed sudden and painful spinal cord dysfunction. Repeat imaging defined his problem to be caused by infection at his surgery site with reactive tissue compression of his spinal cord. Dylan again underwent surgery and the helping hands of the neurology staff. If it is true that lifelong bonds are defined by adversity and challenge, Dylan has many ties to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology. As your picture demonstrates Dylan, you are again a force to be reckoned with.

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