This will be of special interest for owners with middle to large breed dogs!
Friday the 7th of March 2014 my husband came into my room. I was just giving an interview about my animal communication by phone He said that I had to stop immediately...it sounded like a real emergency! We jumped into my car; I had no money, no mobile phone and was bare footed. My husband told me during the drive to the nearby park that Buddy's hind legs were paralysed and that we had to bring him straight away to the vet.
Buddy was still sitting in the park, looking very lonely. I knew that it was really serious...
What had happened?
Buddy is addicted to catching a ball. My husband threw the ball and Buddy twisted his back while jumping, landed uncontrolled and whined in heart breaking way. He couldn't move his hind quarters anymore.
The veterinarian Mike at Brighton Vet Clinic told me in a comprehensive way about the possible diagnosis. As a real professional he referred us to a specialist - a neurologist - because of his spinal injury. He gave him a steroid injection to prevent an inflammation. Buddy stayed for three hours with the vet. When I picked him up to bring him to the neurologist we perceived already a first sign of improvement - Buddy started to use his right hind leg.
We drove to the South Perth Rivergum Referral Services.
The diagnosis the neurologist Neil Gibson gave was Fibrocartilaginous Embolism.
This link brings you to an article that says in short, “that a small amount of intervertebral disc material forms between the bones of the spine, detaches spontaneously and lodges in a nearby blood vessel. This blocks the blood supply to a section of spinal cord and the associated nerves. The resulting inflammation and nerve damage leads to weakness in coordination or often suddenly paralysis. Large breed dogs as well as Shetland sheepdogs and miniature Schnauzer seem to be more prone to this FCE then other breeds. It can occur at any age”.
We could have done an X-ray with contrast fluid or MRI but Neil spared us this unnecessary examinations as Buddy had no signs of pain in the spine and was 'only' paralysed on one side: all typical symptoms for the FCE.
The neurologist Neil suggested to keep Buddy in the hospital. But remembering how sad Buddy was after leaving him at our vet for only 3 hours, I told the neurologist that I would prefer to take Buddy home and bring him back the next morning. Neil agreed on that the emotional well-being is so important for the healing.
At night we slept all on the floor next to him to give him the most secure feeling possible.He was embedded with affection and our healing energy.
Next post I will share with you the healing process and what I did to help Buddy improve his condition and get more stability.
I am very thankful for our fast and friendly reacting vet clinic Brighton Vet.
They are always there for our dogs and cats and do a great job with passion for animals.
I can recommend both the Brighton Vet Clinic and Neil Gibson our neurologist of the Rivergum Referrals Services to 100%. I appreciated very much that Neil had a conservative stance and took the necessary time to be in touch with Buddy and explain his procedures to me.