On March 29, 2014 life for a little Italian Greyhound named Ricochet changed in an instant. One minute he was running around with his canine housemates in the yard, “riocheting” off anything he could find to jump on, and the next minute he was lying on his side, unable to move and gasping for air. Ricochet had a type of stroke called Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE). His friends have reached out to Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog, asking for our help to let pet owners know about Ricochet’s journey to recovery and an online auction they’ve started to help with his care.
When Riochet’s mom, Renae Moore, found her dog on that terrible day she knew she had to take immediate action. She and her husband placed the little guy in their van and rushed him to the vet’s office. During the ride, Ricochet’s tongue and gums turned blue and his pulse became so weak that Renae began CPR to save his life.
A set of X-rays were done at the veterinary office, but they didn’t show any orthopedic injuries to his spine. Ricochet was referred to a specialist where it was discovered he had a specialized stroke called FCE. It’s caused when a small fragment of the disc material inside the spine breaks off and drifts into the spinal cord. The embolism blocks off the blood supply and causes a stroke.
The Pet Health Library explains that a dog may have initial pain when the stroke hits, but they do not have pain afterward and the paralysis does not progress. A myelogram is used to confirm the diagnosis. Victims of FCE are generally giant breed dogs, but on occasion smaller breeds like Italian greyhounds are affected as well.
Ricochet has been a very brave little dog through his entire ordeal and his dedicated family is doing their best to give him a great quality life possible. Through physical therapy, follow up at home and words of encouragement Ricochet is learning to walk again.
This isn’t the first hurdle the little greyhound has endured. He was born and lived at a puppy mill in east Texas until he was freed during a raid. He was placed in the gentle hands of a rescue group in Shreveport, LA and then adopted by the Moore family 5 years ago.
Ricohet’s friends have started an online auction from April 30 – May 18 to benefit the dog’s recovery. You can see the auction items and read more about the fundraiser on their Facebook page: Auction For Ricochet the IG. The proceeds will go a long way to buy special splints, help Ricochet continue his physical therapy and have a special caregiver to check in on him while his humans are at work.
I want to thank Kari and her IG Tobi-Wan Kenobi for sharing this story with us. As pet owners we know all too well that catastrophe to our beloved pets can happen at any time. It’s good to have friends like Kari and Tobi.
Ricohet is working hard to get better. Here is a video that shares his journey.
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