Case of the month

Each month, we post an interesting case to work through from start to finish.

COTM: Painful mouth

  Signalment: 7 yr MC Lab Mix History: The patient is…

COTM: Cat with episodes

A 14yr FS DSH is referred for holding the head down, weakness, and episodes of staring off into space/not being responsive to owner.

COTM: Min Pin falls on her head

An 11-year-old spayed female Miniature Pinscher was playing on the couch with another dog. She was knocked off the couch and hit her head on the hardwood floor.

COTM: Paraparetic Beagle

A 7yr MC obese (28.8 kg) Beagle was brought in for evaluation of back pain and right pelvic limb lameness/weakness. Click on post title to work through the case.

COTM: Cat with generalized weakness

An 8-year-old castrated male domestic shorthaired cat was referred by his regular veterinarian through our Emergency Department for evaluation following an acute onset of weakness and decreased appetite the day before.

COTM: Unexpected find during annual PE

The May case of the month is a 9yr FS Papillon with an unexpected finding during an annual physical exam.

COTM: Nonambulatory mixed breed

April's case of the month is a 7yr FS mix breed dog that was presented for inability to walk on all four limbs. Click on post title to work through the case.

COTM: Ataxic Yorkie

The February case of the month is a 4 1/2 yr Yorkie that was presented for progressive ataxia. Click on the post title to read more.

COTM: Min Pin with neck pain

February's case of the month is a young Min Pin that was presented for further evaluation of neck pain that was not responsive to exercise restriction, carprofen, gabapentin, and methocarbamol.

COTM: Tetraparetic Rhodesian Ridgeback

This month's case of the month is a 7-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback was referred for a 2-3 week history of waxing-and-waning weakness and incoordination in all 4 limbs, with an acute worsening just prior to referral. Watch the exam video and test your localization skills. Then, consider what differentials and diagnostics you would consider.

Golden with acute paraparesis

Signalment: 5yr F Golden Retriever History: The patient was…

Ataxic Scottish Terrier

An 8 1/2 yr FS Scottish Terrier was brought in to the Neurology Department for evaluation of progressive right thoracic limb lameness/weakness that was not responding to a tapering course of oral dexamethasone.