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Please welcome our newest princess to the Village…Ella. You may remember Ella from our emergency surgery posts on social media. She is a beautiful young 2-year-old girl who was surrendered to the Village on December 22nd as an emergency intake. Ella's family had rushed her to their local emergency vet, because Ella could no longer walk. She had suffered a ruptured disc in her lower back, and the family could not afford the MRI and possible surgery she desperately needed. The Village jumped into action very quickly transferring Ella to our Neurological team. Ella upon arrival to the Village was showing signs of Schiff-Scherrington posture which causes hyperextension of the legs. She was in a lot of pain. She received a lot of pain medications until she could have her MRI.
Ella’s MRI results were enlightening; we knew she had damaged the lower quadrant of her spine, but we needed to know the degree of damage and if surgery was an option. Ella showed severe disc damage to the L3-L4 area of her spine and prognosis for surgery was a 90% success rate. We immediately rushed her off to surgery. However, on her MRI they also saw signs of myelomalacia which is the softening of the spinal cord (in essence the MRI showed areas of her spine that seemed to be dying off). This could be caused by the trauma to her disc. These areas would need to assessed during her surgery.
Ella’s surgery was a major success; she regained the feeling in her legs right away and was able to use the potty on her own. Although this is GREAT news, she did show minor signs of the myelomalacia. However, the neurologist is confident this was a side effect of the disc damage. This is common when a dog has a ruptured disc. She will need to be monitored for this but as for now she is doing fantastic! Ella also came into the rescue with double ear infections which are now being treated.
Ella has not been spayed and once she heals from her back surgery, she will have this done. Ella will be on a medical hold for minimum of 8-10 weeks to heal properly from her surgeries. Foster mom reports she is a loving, kissable little girl who thinks she is 100% healed and wants to go, go, go! However, foster mom has her on strict crate rest. It will be a tough journey for both Ella and the foster home to keep her safe and calm, but they are up to the task. Stay tuned to hear more about her journey.
We greatly appreciate any and all donations….$250 will help us provide Ella with some basic essentials, such as food, bowls, a leash, and a harness.
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