Coonhound paralysis

Today's Wednesday quiz day is about Coonhound Paralysis. Test your knowledge!

Neurologic clues in thoracic limb lameness

It can be difficult to determine whether a patient with thoracic limb lameness has a musculoskeletal or neurologic disorder, especially since many patients, especially medium to large breed dogs, have concurrent musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders. Thorough neurologic and orthopedic exams are essential. This post lists the many clues from the neurologic exam that suggest the disorder is neurologic in origin.

Term: Torticollis

Torticollis Pronunciation: tor·ti·col·lis (tôr'tĭ-kŏl'ĭs) Etymology: 1811, Modern Latin, from Latin tortus (“crooked, twisted”) + collum (“neck”) Definition: cervical dystonia in which the neck is...

Nonambulatory Golden mix

This week’s case is a 6-month-old sexually intact female Golden Retriever mix. She was presented for evaluation following an acute onset of pelvic limb weakness that had progressed to inability to walk the following morning.

Quiz: IVDD in dogs

Today's quiz has 3 questions regarding intervertebral disc disease in chondrodystrophic dogs.

Pain...what's in a name?

Many textbooks and instructors recommend testing patients for superficial and deep pain sensation in the limbs. However, we’re not actually testing our animal patients for pain sensation. Instead, we’re testing nociception and observing a behavioral response that we interpret as pain. Yesterday’s “neuro words for nerds” post on nociception explains the difference between nociception and pain. Today's post discusses superficial vs. deep "pain" and provides important tips for testing nociception in spinal cord patients.

Term: Nociception

This week's neuro word for nerds is nociception. In addition to the definition, this post also compares this term to pain and provide a historical perspective regarding the scientist that first coined the term nociception.

RFL "monoparesis" in a cat

This week’s case is an 8 yr castrated male DSH that was presented for evaluation of an acute onset of right thoracic limb weakness/lameness.

Quiz: Cerebellar hypoplasia vs. abiotrophy

This week's question: What are the clinical similarities and differences between cerebellar hypoplasia and cerebellar abiotrophy?

Bunny-hopping gait

Simultaneous advancement of the pelvic limbs ("bunny-hopping gait") is a relatively common gait abnormality. Do you know the 3 primary causes for bunny-hopping in dogs & cats?

Term: Pseudo-hyperreflexia

Pseudo-hyperreflexia is an exaggerated reflex due to...

Circling Corgi

This week’s case is a 14 yr castrated male Corgi that was presented for evaluation of an acute onset of circling and bumping into things.