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Today we meet the super cute Diesel and his family from Port Hope, Canada.
Diesel became paralyzed at age 4 due to a condition called hemivertebrae abnormality. According to his previous owners, who surrendered him for rescue, he woke up one morning seemingly in pain, and couldn’t walk. They brought him to the vet and did attempt two surgeries to bring back his mobility, but when they surgeries didn’t work they realized they didn’t have the ability to care for him. This landed Diesel confined to his crate almost 24/7 for about 3 months until they contacted a rescue in the Port Hope area, where Ashley and Diesel met. When Ashley took Diesel in she had him seen by the vet, and took him to a specialized rehab centre. When they reviewed Diesel's medical files, they knew that he was too far gone and his chances of recovery were very slim. Regardless, they gave hydrotheraphy and physical rehab exercises a shot to be sure, but with no luck. Diesel is paralyzed in his hind end for life, but don’t tell him that, it doesn’t slow him down one bit!
This is Noodle. Noodle is a young pup, still less than a year old, living in Mount Vernon, USA. She was adopted in December 2017 by Bree and Kyle, the happy pup parents, after hearing about her through social media and local Seattle news.
Noodle was a stray and was brought to the local shelter with a spinal cord injury at level of L2. Very little is known about the cause of Noodle's injury other than the doctor believes it was trauma not congenital (at birth). Bree and Kyle are doing all they can to give Noodle the best chance of recovery including a neurology consult for Noodle, pending MRI and pursuing doggy physical rehab.
She appears to be incontinent though she does wake us up at night with a whimper when she has to go. The sensation in her back legs is limited to nonexistent. She has high tone and spasticity, meaning though she is paralyzed, those back legs like to twitch and kick. This tone allows her to occasionally kick up to a standing position. Especially during her favorite time of day - meal time!
Describe and normal day with Noodle
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