Case #1: Acupuncture Cases
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Currently, we are treating a variety of patients with acupuncture. Both as an alternative form of therapy and as a preventative to maintain a good quality of life. Following will be just a few examples of some patients we are working on: Muscle Hypertonicity of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Osteoarthritis, Constipation/Obstipation in a cat, Infertility, Epilepsy...
Ben has a congenital neurological disorder which causes him to drag a rear leg and tire easily. Acupuncture has helped improve his quality of life by becoming more mobile and comfortable.
Hickory has a congenital disorder called, Episodic Falling of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She has episodes of hypertonicity in which her legs stiffen up and she falls over. This disorder can be fatal by 2 years of age. With the help of traditional medicine and acupuncture, she is going on two and doing great.
Case #2: A good reason to spay your dog -
This is the case of a 6 year old Golden Retriever named "Sally". For one reason or another, Sallys owners never got her spayed (neutered) when she was a puppy. She was doing well for several years, and then, all of a sudden she became ill. Over a period of about 24-
This is a picture of what her uterus looked like in surgery. Keep in mind that it is completely filled with foul-
To give you a reference point, to the left is what a normal spay surgery and uterus should look like.
Case #3: Corneal Ulcers
Corneal Ulcers can have many causes and not all respond to the same treatment. The following two cases have different causes and needed more than a simple antibiotic to resolve the problem:
The first case is a 5 year old boxer which presented with a "sore" eye. He was squinting and had a clear discharge from the eye. A fluorescein stain was applied to "highlight" the area on the cornea which has epithelial damage. The initial management of the corneal ulcer involved debriding the ulcer by taking a dry cotton-
A fluorescein stain was used to highlight the damaged corneal epithelium.
After 7 days, the corneal ulcer was completely resolved following a grid keratotomy.
Another chronic ulcer which is in the process of healing -
Case #4: Masticatory Muscle Myositis
This is the case of an eight year old Golden Retriever. She presented for a rountine annual exam and vaccinations. Since the owners sees her every day, they had not realized that the muscles were wasting away on the top of her head. During her physical exam, it was difficult and painful to open her mouth. No other clinical signs or problems were present. We performed routine bloodwork, a muscle biopsy and a blood test to check for antibodies against the muscle to determine that she had Masticatory Muscle Myositis. Therapy was started which included the steroid, Prednisone, at a high dosage then tapered. Physical therapy included chewing on rawhides to work on the muscle tone. It is now 3 years following the diagnosis and she is doing great. The muscle tone will not return, but she has no pain or relapses and has happy comfortable life since the diagnosis was made. You can read about Masticatory Myositis under the client handouts.
The temporal muscles have wasted away as seen by the pronounce bones in the skull.
Case #5: Repair of a Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament
Violet is a 9 year old Australian Shepherd who likes to chase squirrels. She became acutely lame after jumping up and attempting to catch a squirrel. On presentation, she was putting very little weight on the left rear leg -
Following the surgery she was placed on anti-
Six months following surgery, Violet is up and around, chasing squirrels again.
You can read about Care for Osteoarthritis under client handouts to get ideas about current treatment options for Osteoarthritis.
A skin incision is made on the outside of the knee to expose the joint.
The joint is exposed to clean out the torn ligament and check for a torn menisci.
A thick nylon material is placed with a metal crimp to give the joint stability.
Case #6: Splenectomy
This is a 9 year old German Shepherd which presented for inappetance and lethargy of 3 days duration. During the exam, he would lie on the floor, not stand and lick at the floor. The owner had brought in a urine sample which was bright orange in color. In addition, his gum color was pale pink instead of a nice bright pink color. On palpation of his abdomen, a large mass could be palpated. An abdominal xray, showed a spleen which was very large. Since the dog was not bleeding internally, we could have performed an ultrasound with a biopsy or do an exploratory surgery. In this case, the owner chose to go right to surgery and do an exploratory before the spleen had a chance to possibly rupture. As seen during surgery, the spleen was enlarged with a discolored area. Its surface was lumpy instead of smooth and one particular area was enlarged and raised. The spleen was removed and submitted for histopathology to determine if there was a malignant or benign tumor causing the spleen to enlarged. The concern with this breed is a malignant cancer called hemangiosarcoma which can spread to the lungs and heart.
Luckily, this was not the case with this dog. The histopathology determined it to be a benign tumor which was completely curative with the splenectomy.
Enlarged spleen -
Case #7: Urolithiasis (Bladder Stones)
This is the case of a 13 year old Cocker Spaniel which presented with blood in the urine. Radiographs revealed a bladder full of stones. As seen in the pictures, the bladder stones were surgically removed and submitted for urolith analysis. The type of stones are called struvite uroliths. Information about urolithiasis can be found in the client handout section under Struvite Bladder Stones.
A skin incision is made through the abdomen to expose the bladder.
An incision is made through the bladder wall.
This bladder was completely full of stones which had to be removed.