Nutmeg is a friendly 4 year-old Dachshund/Terrier mix whose mom reached out to the readers of Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog for support while her dog recovers from a stroke. Nutmeg had a FCE spinal stroke that left her numb from her mid-back to her tail.
Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE) strokes happen when a small piece of disc material inside a dog’s back breaks off and drifts into the spinal cord. FCE strokes are sudden and come without warning and victims are left paralyzed.
“She’s been fighting to learn to walk again since the FCE,” said Nutmeg’s mom Marie. “Now we want to make lots of friends and have everyone’s love and support while going through rehab.”
Nutmeg goes three times a week for extensive physical therapy that includes swimming, cold laser therapy and acupuncture. The cost to Marie is $1,500 per month.
Overcoming challenges is nothing new for Nutmeg. She was rescued from a woman who was throwing her away when she was only 8-10 weeks old. Nutmeg was underweight and malnourished, but Marie fell in love with the puppy and nursed her back to health.
Nutmeg grew into a social dog with a very active life. She tagged along with Marie on boat trips, to the beach and had her own basket for biking. Marie hopes to give all this back to Nutmeg.
Nutmeg’s progress has been slow over the past five months, but Marie isn’t giving up hope for her little dog.
When the FCE hit, Nutmeg became paralyzed from the middle of her back to tail. Her rear legs and tail were immobile and she was incontinent. After five months of physical therapy Nutmeg is able to adjust her legs and wag her tail.
FCE strokes are relatively uncommon. More often dogs are hit with strokes when an artery becomes blocked or when blood vessels in the brain hemorrhage.
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