Please Help KC With Her Medical Challenges
October 2017 Update: KC has been continuing swim therapy which is the main form of exercise she is able to do given the progression of the DM. She has had some issues with urinary tract infections and has been put on medication for arthritis to help with joint problems. She has also had continuing problems with her feet and eye which have required treatment over the past few months. KC’s owner and her veterinarian have been doing everything possible to keep KC comfortable and happy for as long as possible, but that said her veterinary bills, even with a great nonprofit discount, have been considerable.
March 2017 Update – KC has begun a hydrotherapy to help build up strength in her front end as well as to help her lose a few pounds. We purchased a much nicer lightly used cart for KC as well.
Original Post – KC is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi who was chosen by her family when she was just a few weeks old. She has had quite a history of medical challenges, starting just a few days before being picked up from the breeder. KC’s eye was damaged during play with another sibling, and what was thought to be a small scratch ended up being a damaged tear duct requiring daily medication for life.
A few years later KC contracted canine hepatitis even though she had been vaccinated against it; unfortunately it was a different strain. She was on prednisone for quite some time to treat it. KC then developed an allergy against poultry and poultry products including eggs, requiring a diet change.
More recently KC began having difficulty walking. She was diagnosed with a torn ligament in her knee, and because of her medical issues surgery was not an option, so she began using a cart. This past year KC also developed an ulcer in her eye which required it to be sewn shut to protect it and allow it to heal. She also had some problems with her front paws which became irritated and infected.
Last month KC began seeing a new veterinarian who gave her a full examination and began treating her for the problems with her feet and back legs. He suspected that her problems were not related to a torn ligament but was more likely the onset of Degenerative Myelopathy. Testing confirmed that KC was at risk for the disease. Although there is no cure for DM, there are ways to slow its progression and maintain a good quality of life. KC’s vet has therefore prescribed medications to support her joints, and recommended that she begin physical therapy to maintain her strength and keep her pain free.
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