March 2018

Pet of the Month: 
Cadi Leggett 8 Year Old Female Pembrokshire Corgi

Cadi has done amazingly well since starting treatment at the Smart Clinic in the December of last year. She has been quite a puzzle of a case from the beginning, as I have tried to summarise, but in the last 4-6 weeks in particular has come on leaps and bounds!

Cadi was referred to us from another specialist after initially appearing off colour some six days previous, when she became reluctant to go upstairs and her general level of mobility had declined. This then progressed to being unwilling or unable to weight bear on either hind leg. However further investigation at the specialist centre, in the form of radiography and contrast myelography, failed to demonstrate spinal compression.

On first presentation at the clinic with us, we also failed to demonstrate any significant abnormalities on clinical examination that could have caused her clinical presentation. We did find, from urine and blood analysis, that she did have a bacterial infection and so started antibiotic treatment.

Over the first month of treatment we started seeing Cadi for weekly appointments and although improvements in her mobility (especially when gaited in the treadmill) were seen, she still struggled against weight bearing with the impression being that she was refusing to load the limbs rather than being unable to. Her standing had also improved and when placed in a harness some compliance was achieved with supported walking, which her owners were advised to carry on with at home.

From here it was decided that we should have Cadi in as an inpatient at the clinic for 3 days a week to intensively target her gait pattern and encourage her mobility further.

This seemed to provide a breakthrough in her treatment and before long Cadi was making progress with her mobility and able to take a few steps unassisted. This then progressed to being able to walk unassisted with a relatively normal gait pattern.  She would however still fatigue quickly and would trip over her right fore for no apparent reason when tired.

From here our aim with her treatment was to work on her coordination and endurance and to then look to start reducing her treatment intensity and frequency.

I am happy to report that this has been successfully achieved and Cadi is now attending the clinic every three weeks for treatment with her owners reporting that she, is for all intents and purposes, ‘back to normal’.

It seems that, despite further testing, the cause of Cadi’s condition will forever remain a mystery! We are just so pleased with how well she has responded to treatment, in a relatively short space of time and are thrilled to see her walking into the clinic! Well done Cadi!