The Story of Snitzel

The Story of Snitzel

Snitzel, an 11 year old Miniature Dachshund, presented to BRVS, Neurology Service for evaluation of acute onset of inability to use his hind limbs. Snitzel had a thorough neurologic exam that determined his spinal cord was affected somewhere at the mid-lower back area. Snitzel’s breed is the most common breed of dogs to herniate a disc.

"...on June 1, 2020 he had a terrible accident when he jumped off the couch as he heard me open the garage door after work. Coming into the house he was crawling to me with only one functioning leg. After consulting with my vet, I was advised to take him to Boulder Road Veterinary Specialists."

"Only the second time in my life I saw my father cry... He cried as he wanted to out live his most prized possession, his dog Snitzel"

Camy -Snitzel's Mom

Snitzel was anesthetized for an MRI that confirmed herniated discs and spinal cord compression over multiple disc spaces (T13-L3). Snitzel was kept under anesthesia and was taken to surgery right after the MRI. The surgery, a Hemilaminectomy, went very well. A large amount of disc material was cleaned away from the spinal cord. Removing the compression leads to improvement in blood supply, which helps the spinal cord to recover in the weeks following surgery. Snitzel stayed with us for a couple of days and was the perfect patient. We knew this guy was a gentleman and the sweetest dog, as he spent a day with us a year prior due to advanced glaucoma, which required the removal of his right eye.

MRI - Snitzel

Snitzel Recovering from Surgery

Snitzel went home after a couple of days to continue his recovery. His dedicated owners were so great during this period. He received physiotherapy, which helped with his recovery as well. On his recheck, just a few weeks after surgery, he was walking well and pain-free. It was so great to see this older little guy doing so well, and be back to his normal happy self.

"I guess, I think people should know what an outstanding doctor he is, how his bedside manner went above and beyond, how his true voice shouts sincerity, compassion and kindness. He cares a lot. I can’t express enough thanks to all the employees of BRVS. He got excellent care and is expected to make a full recovery. Thank you all for loving our pets and treating them as you would want to be treated."

Camy

Special thanks to Dr. Sumerfield and his amazing team at Broomfield Meadows Animal Hospital for continuing to care for Snitzel and his family. 

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