Peaches is a 7 year old female spayed Burnese Mountain Dog. In September of 2013 she had a stroke to the cervical region in her spinal cord. This resulted in weakness in her left front and hind limbs. She received weekly physical therapy for six weeks here at RVRC. Physical therapy consisted of exercises (done in the clinic and at home) and the underwater treadmill.
By the middle of November, Peaches was able to walk unassisted, however continued have trouble advancing her left front limb. The owners used a bootie on her paw to protect the skin and nails. Peaches was fully functional at home but did have abnormal gait patterns. She remained slightly curved to the left which made the majority of her
weight fall onto her right front and hind limbs.
Peaches did very well and lived a normal life until October of 2017 when she tore her left cranial cruciate ligament. This is the equivalent to a human’s ACL. It was fortunate that it was her left hind limb as Peaches still bears the majority of her weight on her right side. Dr. Griffin (a surgeon here at RVRC) performed a Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) on her left hind limb one week later. Although Peaches is still on restrictions from the surgery, she is doing very well and only a month away from resuming her normal activities.