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My name is Candace Lafond. I am a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA). I have many patients that come in and out of our Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center weekly. All of them have their own great personalities that I have become attached to. There is one patient’s story that has stood out, and his name is Clarence Wines. Clarence is a bloodhound/ lab mix weighing at 105 pounds.

One day he was outside playing in the back yard when all of a sudden he went down to the ground and was unable to use his rear legs. Clarence’s owners took him straight to Carolina Veterinary Specialist Emergency. The diagnosis given was called Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE). This event occurs when the material on the inside of a vertebral disk enters the blood stream and travels to the spinal cord where it causes a blood vessel obstruction. The results are usually weakness and paralyzation in one or both rear legs. The process is not painful but complete recovery is unlikely.

Clarence’s owners heard about Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center, located at Foster Animal Hospital, from one of our regular clients, Mrs. Cline. Mr. and Mrs. Wines called and set up an appointment for a Rehabilitation Assessment with Dr. Stephen Foster, DVM, CCRT. I  made sure all of the referral paperwork was completed and returned from South Ridge Veternary Clinic, who Clarence is a regular patient of.

During the Rehabilitation Assessment we found that Clarence could now use his right rear leg but had no use of his left rear leg. Because Clarence is a larger dog he had to have a Walk-A-Bout Harness that his owners could use around his rear legs to help support him while walking. The rehabilitation assessment checked every joint, ligament and muscle from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. Dr. Stephen Foster followed up with Clarence’s owners and recommended Clarence come in three times a week for rehabilitation. Clarence’s owners scheduled his first rehab appointment that next week.