POTW Candidates Nov 30 thru Dec 3, 2009

Patient of the Week Candidates

for the week of November 30th thru December 3rd, 2009

 

We are adding a new feature to our blog this week. We want you to vote for your favorite patient.

Their pictures and stories follow.  At the end of the month the patient with the most weekly votes will receive a gift package from Azzore!  So, if one of these babies is yours, be sure to cast your vote and have your friends and family vote for them as well! Your pet just may win the Patient of the Month prize from Azzore.
PATIENT SUMMARY:
Meet Cooper.  Cooper is an 11 year old, 54 pound, male neutered Chow Chow.  Cooper suffered acute onset of left rear lameness.  His regular veterinarian, Dr. House, identified a left cranial cruciate ligament injury.
TREATMENT:

Dr. Dew performed a tibial tuberosity advancement procedure on Cooper’s left stifle.  A TTA is the only cruciate ligament repair procedure that uses titanium, which is more biocompatible than stainless steel and reduces the risk of infection and rejection of the implants. 

PATIENT SUMMARY:
Our next contestant, Lilly, is a 1 year and 9 month old, 105 lb female spayed Mastiff mix. Lilly has a history of bilateral rear limb weakness and dysfunction, which recently got worse. Her regular veterinarian, Dr. Seminara, identified hip dysplasia as well as bilateral cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture. In our surgery center, Lilly struggled to rise and sit. Her radiographs show bilateral coxofemoral subluxation, femoral neck thickening and osteophyte formation. Her mom has decided to go ahead with bilateral tibial tuberosity advancement for now.
 
TREATMENT:
Both of Lilly’s stifles were corrected with tibial tuberosity advancements. We had the easy part. The difficult part is the aftercare. For the next 12 weeks, Lilly will need to be exercise restricted while her bones heal. She was released to her parents with a special  harness by Blue Dog Designs to assist her family in helping her get around.
 

PATIENT SUMMARY:
Yogie is a 14 year old, 9 lb male pomeranian.  Yogie was diagnosed by his regular veterinarian, Dr. Stevens, with bilateral CCL and medial patellar luxation.  Yogie took our transport van from the Memphis Animal Emergency Center to our surgery center in Russellville, AR.
 
TREATMENT:
Dr. Dew performed bilateral tibial tuberosity advancements on Yogie’s stifles, and was unable to luxate Yogie’s patellas post correction.
 
 

PATIENT SUMMARY:
Next up:  Goldie, a 12 year old, 12 lb, female spayed Calico.  Dr. Zachary, Goldie’s regular veterinarian, identified a soft tissue mass in Goldie’s right jugular furrow immediately caudal to the mandible. At our clinic, the mass was 4 cm in diameter and fixed to deeper tissues. Goldie’s right third eyelid remains prolapsed.  Her mom wants to go ahead with tumor removal and histopathology.
 
TREATMENT:
Dr. Dew removed the mass, which was partially fluid filled, and it was sent to the lab for analysis.
 
 

Dr. Zachary:
Geronimo is a rescue kitty from Sunny Meadows Safe Haven for Pets. She is a 6 lb, grey and white domestic long-haired cat. Dr. Nollner diagnosed malunion of her right radius/ulna. As is frequently the case in rescue animals, the cause of the fracture is unknown. Geronimo’s paw is hyperflexed due to the fracture malunion, and she has very limited limb use. She was referred to Dr. Dew for corrective limb alignment and stabilization.

TREATMENT:
Diagnostic radiographs showed that the fracture was caused by a gunshot. The distal segment of the radius was very small with abundant callus. The articular surface of the distal radius was rotated anterior by 90 degrees! Because of a significant amount of soft tissue contraction, Dr. Dew had to shorten the radius and ulna to allow improved alignment. But, Geronimo should get around just fine once she’s healed!

PATIENT SUMMARY:
Last but not least, meet Sufi, a 3 year old, 38 lb, Welsh Springer Spaniel.  Sufi suffered from right rear lameness for six months. His regular veterinarian, Dr. Spivey, identified a CCL rupture and sent Sufi to Dr. Dew for surgical correction.

TREATMENT:
Sufi suffered a torn meniscus in addition to a grade III cruciate rupture.  Dr. Dew performed a partial meniscectomy and a right tibial tuberosity advancement.  After about 12 weeks of exercise restriction, Sufi should be back to normal and ready to run again!

So, who will it be for the Patient of the Week?  Cast your vote now!

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