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Old 07-30-2009, 02:46 AM   #1
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Rehab clinics in Oregon for working, active dogs

Oregon State vet hospital offers advanced rehab for pets' health woes

by Jacques Von Lunen, Special to The Oregonian Tuesday July 28, 2009, 6:06 AM


Motoya Nakamura/The OregonianAs part of her recovery from a fibrocartilaginous embolism that resulted in leg paralysis, Tana the Labrador retriever walks on an underwater treadmill at Oregon State University.
The water level inside the enclosure is rising. It's almost up to the dog's muzzle. But Tana, the yellow Labrador retriever inside the tank, doesn't seem worried. Her tail's wagging and she's lapping up the liquid sloshing around her.
More importantly, she's moving her hind legs. Not too long ago, that would have been a miracle. Now it's par for the course of her rehabilitation.

Tana is a patient in the Small Animal Rehabilitation Unit at Oregon State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. The treatments provided to patients and taught to students here were scarcely available a decade ago. Even today, only four veterinary clinics in Oregon offer similar treatments. The new unit at the teaching hospital is bound to change this, hopefully making this cost-effective treatment easier to come by.
Back in April, Tana went out to her fenced-in backyard to play with her Labrador housemate. The two dogs did what Labs do, playfully running around, says Charlotte Hoshino of Sutherlin, Tana's owner.
After a while, Tana came in "acting strange," Hoshino said. Within 15 minutes the healthy 4-year-old dog was paralyzed, unable to move her hind legs.
Tana did not improve during her weeklong stay at the local clinic. The vet, lacking sophisticated imaging equipment, could help only so much. "There were times in that week when I thought I might have to make a hard decision," Hoshino says.
Hoshino took her dog to Portland for an MRI. The diagnosis gave her some hope. Tana had suffered an embolism, a clot in a blood vessel that supplies the spinal cord; surgery couldn't remove the clot, but rehab might, Hoshino was told.
But three weeks of exercises with a canine therapist produced only minimal progress: Tana was able to stand some, but she fell down a lot and couldn't walk.
On July 15, Hoshino took Tana to OSU's small animal clinic. Talking to Wendy Baltzer, the vet leading the rehab unit, gave Hoshino real hope for the first time in months.


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Old 07-30-2009, 03:42 AM   #2
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Interesting article. I do know the teaching clinics often treat service dogs for free or reduced rates. I had a friend that was raising a puppy for the dog guide school. It developed glaucoma. After a long fight, it finally lost all its vision and had to have artificial eyes implanted. Our states land college wrote off most of the treatment as research expense.

Very tough time. All of us in the area raising puppies are like family. We are also close to the couple that host the dog's mother.
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