‘Lucky’ was a seven year old female Dobermann who had been healthy all of her life. She became stiff in her front legs. The owner then noticed her back legs getting wider apart. Over a period of two weeks she became recumbent (unable to stand) and started losing muscle on all limbs. Her owners requested referral to a specialist vet. Lucky had a cisternal myelogram (contrast diagnostic series of x-rays of the spine) followed by elective ventral slot surgery (microdiscectomy) to remove a bulging degenerate disc. She was treated with passive range of motion exercises and recovered well over the next 10 days


Physical Therapy