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Patient Success Stories: Dog Having Physical Therapy

Helping pets through challenging medical problems is our pride and our passion. Meet some of our patients and see how they were able to overcome their life-limiting conditions with the help of our team.


Penny, a 2-year-old female spayed Maltese, presented to Southeast Veterinary Neurology for episodes of trembling and discomfort in 2015. An MRI was performed and she was diagnosed with a form of inflammatory brain disease called meningoencephalitis. Penny receives monthly cytosar infusions to manage the disease and is now more active, more lively and has more energy.


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Max, a 10-year-old male Boxer, was off balance and uncoordinated with a head tilt to the left. Max's owner, a veterinarian, conducted tests and prescribed antibiotics for a possible ear infection. When symptoms did not improve, Max was presented to Southeast Veterinary Neurology and an MRI showed a brain tumor, which we surgically removed. Within days of surgery, Max was catching treats and acting like himself again.


Baby, a 16-year old male domestic shorthair cat had a history of ear infections and came to us dull, distant, and unable to stand or walk on his own. Following an exam, blood tests, and high-field MRI, we diagnosed Baby with a brain tumor—specifically, a meningioma. These are slow-growing tumors that can usually be treated with surgery. Baby recovered well from his surgery and went on to live to almost 20 years old.




After 3-year-old Maltese mix Charlie had four seizures in one day, the local emergency hospital he was taken to recommended he visit Southeast Veterinary Neurology. He did not respond to touch or visual stimuli from his right side, and tended to turn his head toward the left. An MRI revealed inflammation in his brain or encephalitis. Treatment involved medication for immune suppression and Charlie made a full recovery.


Dolce took a fall down the stairs just nine days before being brought to us for treatment. The 3-year-old Chihuahua became weak in her back limbs a few days later, and her back was unusually arched. After being taken to the local after-hours emergency hospital for vomiting and rolling repeatedly onto her right side, she was referred to us for evaluation. After a thorough physical and neurological exam, we determined that Dolce had vestibular disease. An MRI showed us that brain inflammation, or encephalitis, was the cause.


Lupa, a 10-year-old female Chihuahua, had weakness on her right side and difficulty walking. Soon, the problem progressed to all four legs. While alert, responsive, and able to move her legs, she was not strong enough to walk. Therefore, we determined that her cervical spinal cord was the source of the problem. An MRI confirmed a meningioma (a noncancerous tumor arising from the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord), which we removed with the owner’s consent. Lupa recovered from surgery and regained her ability to walk.




Not long after having a short anesthetic procedure to remove a skin growth, 8-month-old Rottweiler Nico became unusually sleepy and wobbled when he walked. By the next day, Nico could not stand up or walk at all, and he was brought to SEVN for a thorough exam. We diagnosed him with narcolepsy/cataplexy. Narcolepsy involves “sleep attacks” and drowsiness, while cataplexy is a short period of paralysis caused by excitement. We treated Nico with medication, and he was once more alert and able to stand and walk on his own.




Subarachnoid diverticulum is one of the most common causes of mid-back spinal cord issues in the Pug breed. Wellington, a 12-year-old male Pug, came to us with a 2-month history of wobbliness in his rear limbs. We performed an MRI of his spine, which showed a pocket of fluid (not a cyst) compressing the spinal cord. Surgery was chosen as the best treatment option for Wellington, and we got to work stabilizing his spine and reducing compression on the spinal cord. Wellington made a full recovery and was still normal at his seven-month follow-up.



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