Thought you would like to have an update on Thomas, the three year old black pug that we adopted at the end of June this year. Thomas had problems walking because his back legs did not function well. He had a tendency to drag his legs and walk on the top of his back claws. He was also incontinent.
Shortly after the adoption was finalized, I took Thomas to see my veterinarian, Dr. Wood. He referred Thomas to Dr. Vasanjee, a surgeon located at the Heart of Texas Veterinary Specialty Center. Thomas spent a couple of days in the vet hospital while he underwent testing. The results of the CT-Myelogram indicated that Thomas had a subarachnoid cyst (a cyst on his spinal cord). Dr. Vasanjee did not believe the surgery would improve Thomas’ back legs or his problem with incontinence but if the cyst was not removed, the cyst would continue to grow and Thomas’ back legs would become paralyzed.
The following week Thomas had surgery and the cyst was marsupialized, it was essentially removed. Today, August 8, I took Thomas to see Dr. Vasanjee for his two week checkup. Dr. Vasanjee was very surprised at Thomas’ remarkable recovery. I am very happy to announce that Thomas has regained his ability to walk without any problems. He no longer suffers incontinence and is almost completely house trained. If you were to see him today, you would not believe that he ever had a problem with his back legs; he can run, jump and walk with no dragging of his back legs or paws.
We feel so fortunate that Thomas has joined our family. Attached are a couple of snapshots, one of Thomas by himself and one with his two sisters after the surgery. (The Boston terrier is “Beanie” and she is twelve years old. The Chihuahua is Mimi and she is the same age as Thomas.) I have also included a short video of Mimi and Thomas playing before surgery, which they did constantly. However, now we have to keep them apart until Thomas is completely healed, which should take another month.
The Proud Mother of Beanie, Mimi and Thomas