Saturday, February 13, 2016

Spinal Cord Injuries - Veterinary Research Helping People and Pets

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Spinal cord injuries can cause severe pain and even loss of movement in both people and pets.  Sleuth the Reporter Dog checked with his friends at the Veterinary News Network and found that some exciting new veterinary research may provide new hope for these types of injuries!

1)    More than 12,000 people experience spinal cord injuries each year.  It’s unknown how many pets also suffer similar types of life-altering injuries.

2)    Dogs and cats can experience spinal cord trauma through accidents, such as falling, being caught in a door or even being hit by a car.  Our pets can also be afflicted with prolapsed or bulging discs in the spine.

3)    Anything that puts pressure on the spinal cord or causes trauma or tearing is truly an emergency situation.

4)    When these situations occur, both human and veterinary medicine focus on attempts to block biochemical pathways in order to save mobility.  Sadly, these treatments are often unsuccessful.

5)    When loss of movement or sensation is complete, the person will spend their life in a wheelchair but many pets are euthanized.   Pet owners often are unable to deal with the extra care or costs of a pet who is unable to walk.

6)    New research being done at a veterinary school is focusing on how best to stop the on-going damage that happens to cells after a spinal injury.  It is hoped that a new drug may be able to block enzymes that cause damage and save mobility in people and pets.

7)    This is very important to members of our military…many soldiers are wounded while in war zones and suffer these sorts of injuries.

8)    If you note any traumatic event that keeps your pet from walking OR if you see your pet slowly losing the ability to balance or walk, an exam by a veterinarian is immediately needed.

9)    Spinal cord injuries are emergencies; they can be very painful and have the potential to cause lifelong paralysis.   Don’t wait…see your veterinarian right away!

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