Dorrie went to the Virginia Equine Imagining in early September to investigate our complaint that she was not performing up to par, and that we suspected her neck was the root cause of the problem. Here I must say thank goodness we have such excellent diagnostic facilities in the area. She had symptoms that suggested she was struggling to bring her right shoulder forward and flex her neck, but heretofore, we had not observed any lameness. Imagine my surprise, when I received the results of the bone scan lit up like a Christmas tree. The results indicated boney inflammation in all four legs, in several joint areas in addition to along her back/pelvis. But her neck was fine! Her left stifle in particular lit up, but upon further investigation it was determined that was the result likely of a recent injury, and was not of great concern. Now the vets had to tackle the problem of how to treat her, and which was the chicken and which was the egg: was her neck making her go crooked and thus the joint stress, or visa versa. Since we knew there was a history of neck issues, and a previously-performed ultrasound had confirmed soft tissue “damage” (I’ll use that word for lack of a more precise term), my primary vet was of the opinion that the neck is the root cause of it all. Now we have to find a path through all these secondary issues in a hope of restoring Dorrie to health. More later on the innovative treatment plan. Here’s hoping it works!
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