Naples, Florida animal lovers Dustin and Christina Lehan were devastated when they found their dog Bugatti paralyzed after someone hit her with a hard object in the neck. Bugatti was attacked while she was playing in the yard with her two dog housemates.
At first the dog was paralyzed from the neck down. The only movement she could accomplish was to lift her head and lick the face of her owner, Dustin.
The attack was three weeks ago, but thanks to Dr. Michele Carnes of the Animal Specialty Hospital – Bugatti is gaining back her mobility.
Dr. Carnes, who is one of only 200 board-certified veterinary neurologists in the country, offered a free MRI for the dog. In the scan she found a deep bruise on Bugatti’s spinal cord that luckily didn’t need surgery. The vet felt confident she could help the dog walk again with intensive physical therapy.
So Bugatti started inpatient underwater treadmill therapy sessions and at home exercises which are done six to eight times a day. The results so far have been better than Dr. Carnes hoped. Bugatti is now sitting up and looking much happier.
Dr. Carnes thinks Bugatti’s outcome will be very good and eventually she will be able to do all of the “doggie activities” that she wants to do.
You can keep up-to-date on Bugatti’s progress on the Animal Specialty Hospital FB page.
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