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 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.