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 acute ischemic infarction (stroke) of his cervical (neck) spinal cord. This is similar to experiencing a stroke of the brain, but to the spinal cord, which affected Stitch’s ability to move all of his limbs.
Stitch remained in the hospital under the care of the neurology staff for 4 days. Stitch’s parents were taught to care for him at home. A tetra-cart was utilized to aid with his physical therapy and recovery. Stitch’s owners remained committed to his recovery, making all accommodations for Stitch during his rehabilitation. Stitch had a schedule of physical therapy, most of which was performed at home with his parents. On weekends he went for hydrotherapy.
Stitch never gave up, always happy to make an effort for his parents. Stitch used the tetra cart initially, to just simply remain in a standing position for minutes at a time. He eventually started walking in the cart, allowing increased activity and longer.
Stitch and his parents had 5 months of physical therapy and rehabilitation. When Stitch came in for his recheck in September, he was walking on his own again and quite happy. He is still a little weak, but will continue to improve for months to come. He’s back to enjoying life with his family and other dog mate.