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How do you say that?

Posted by laurie on March 18, 2014

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This is Rick Glass, the neurologist/neurosurgeon who treated Clayton and has since become a friend of Phillip. If you don’t remember the story, here’s what happened. All of a sudden one morning while he was eating breakfast, Clayton began to scream in pain. We rushed him to the vet who suspected a disk problem and they sent us to see Rick. He had an MRI and everything looked okay, so they put him on prednisone and seven weeks of crate rest. The crate rest was very stressful for everyone but fortunately I was home during the day because I’d (unfortunately) been laid off from my job. So I was able to take him outside every few hours and carry him up and down the stairs (he had three crates in different rooms). He completely recovered until the next year when the symptoms recurred. Another MRI was negative but bloodwork showed that Clayton had eosinophilic meningoencephalomyelitis, an auto-immune disorder (and tongue twister!) affecting the central nervous system. The treatment, as it turned out, was Prednisone, which is why he got better the first time. The crate rest was not necessary. He had a few more episodes which we learned to catch early on because he would start to arch his back. The frequent prednisone had side effects, but he still made it to sixteen. Clayton was my first dog and taught me everything I needed to know.

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