This story was updated August 2018.
On March 29, 2014 an Italian Greyhound defied the odds after a stroke. His life changed forever in an instant. One minute Ricochet was running around with his canine housemates in the yard, “ricocheting” 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).
Ricochet’s story of recovery
When Riochet’s pet 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 their veterinarian’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 didn’t show any signs of an orthopedic injury to his spine. Ricochet was then transferred to a specialist who discovered the little dog had a FCE stroke. The condition is caused when a small fragment of disc material inside the spine breaks off and drifts into the spinal cord. An embolism forms which blocks off the blood supply to the spine and causes paralysis.
Victims of a FCE stroke are most often giant breed dogs, but smaller breeds like Italian greyhounds are at-risk as well.
Ricochet was a brave during the whole ordeal and his family worked hard to get him back on his feet. He went through weeks of physical therapy and follow-up care at home. Little by little Ricochet learned to walk again.
This wasn’t the first hurdle for the little greyhound. He was born at a puppy mill in east Texas and lived there until he was freed during a raid by an animal rescue organization. Then Ricochet was placed in the hands of a rescue group in Shreveport, LA. He was adopted by the Moore family 5 years ago.
The bills for Ricochet’s care mounted
Two family friends started an online auction to raise funds for Ricochet’s mounting veterinary and rehab bills. The proceeds went to buy special splints for the dog along with paying for his ongoing physical therapy and a special caregiver to check in on him while his humans were at work.
Friends and family gave generously and all of the necessary funds were raised for Ricochet’s care.
Here is a video of the Italian Greyhound’s journey.
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