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VMC's (Belated) October Patient of the Month!

Abby's Story

Abby 10-15

Abby started her journey with the VMC in 2009 when she was 9 years old. Prior to the VMC, Abby had surgery in the early 2000’s to repair both cruciate ligaments in her hind legs. She was experiencing some discomfort due to resulting osteoarthritis and trigger points in her shoulders (as she compensated for her knees). Abby had also been diagnosed with Laryngeal Paralysis (LP) which restricted her breathing. We had consulted with a surgical veterinarian regarding the LP; however, he felt surgery was not warranted yet and suggested acupuncture. Hearing Dr. Fleckenstein was the local expert, Abby started acupuncture sessions at the VMC with the added benefit of reducing the pain associated with the osteoarthritis and trigger points.

As Abby’s breathing became more labored due to the LP, Dr. Robinson at VMC  performed a unilateral tieback surgery to reduce the restriction caused by her larynx. Now able to breathe better, and with her joint/muscle pain under control, Abby was back to acting like her old self, an active pup, again. After Abby’s tieback surgery, we continued acupuncture sessions and introduced supplements recommended by Dr. Fleckenstein to help with the osteoarthritis. Abby would become so relaxed and comfortable during acupuncture that she would fall asleep during her treatments.

Dr. Fleckenstein thought Abby could benefit from the addition of physical rehab, so in 2010 we started rehab with Lis Conarton. Abby’s physical rehab includes laser therapy for her joints, manual trigger point release, and walking on the underwater treadmill. Lis also provided us with a home exercise program including massage, range of motion exercises, swimming, and walking at the beach. Abby adores Lis and is very accommodating even when Lis is working out her painful trigger points! In 2013, Abby was diagnosed with a hemangiopericytoma, a soft tissue sarcoma, below her right eye. After consultation with Dr. Rassnick at the VMC, Dr. Robinson again performed surgery on Abby – this time to remove the sarcoma. Unfortunately, the sarcoma could not be removed completely due to the location, so Dr. Robinson implanted a few chemotherapy beads. Dr. Rassnick also recommended the addition of low dose metronomic chemotherapy to prevent the sarcoma from growing, which Abby has tolerated well. We continue to see Dr. Rassnick and we’re happy to report Abby has had no regrowth of the sarcoma for almost 2 years.

Abby swimming 10-15

Abby loves going to the VMC! The office and medical staff welcome her with so much loving attention, it doesn’t matter whether she’s here for surgery with Dr. Robinson, bloodwork with Dr. Rassnick, acupuncture with Dr. Fleckenstein or rehab with Lis. With the wonderful care provided by the VMC, Abby is now almost 15 years old. Abby continues her rehab with Lis, home exercise, and supplements to maintain her quality of life and allow her to age comfortably and gracefully. ~ Abby’s Loving Family

VMC Services Providing Care: • Acupuncture • Surgery • Physical Rehabilitation • Oncology

Diagnoses: • Laryngeal Paralysis • Hemangiopericytoma • Osteoarthritis – Knees • Myofascial Trigger points

Treatments: • Surgery • Metronomic Chemotherapy • Acupuncture • Laser therapy • Manual Trigger Point Release • Home Exercise Program • Supplements • Underwater Treadmill Hydrotherapy

September 2015 VMC Pain Management Patient of the Month

Daffodil's Story

Daffodil

This little gem is Daffodil. Where do I begin? She is a 5 year old Peke-a-Poo and also the love of my life. Two years ago, I noticed that my very crazy and feisty baby was weepy and cowering. When I went to pick up her 10 pound little self, she bit me with the force of a dog 10 times her size! The mad dash to the Veterinary Medical Center was under way. There it was determined that she had injured her long Pekingese spine somehow (she loved to chase her cat Apple). The decision was clear and she underwent back surgery with Dr. Robinson. The surgery was a success and her surgeon Dr. Robinson thankfully quite the miracle worker. The healing process was a long and bumpy road. My employer, Dr. Jackson was so good to grant me 12 weeks of work from home. I was able to be with Daffodil around the clock. She had temporary hind leg paralysis and a difficult time going potty. Today, we visit Daffodil’s two very best girls, Dr. Burnett and Lis Conarton, on a monthly basis at VMC. She gets the spa treatment which includes laser therapy, a nice massage, acupuncture and of course lots of treats and kisses. Daffodil is doing fantastic and such a happy baby I cannot brag enough about the many people who have helped us on our journey. Although I hope to never have to need them again, I am so very blessed that I have them if I do! Love, Christina (Daffodil’s mommy)

Daffodil's Problems:

  • Previous Femoral Head Osteotomy
  • Invertebral Disc Disease
  • Post Operative Hemilaminectomy
  • Myofascial Compensatory Pain
  • Muscle Spasms

Current Treatment:

  • Multi Modal Pain Management
  • Acupuncture
  • Low Level Laser Therapy
  • Massage & Mobilization
  • Home Exercise Program