Note: Emma is on Medical Hold and is a Rescue in Need
Emma was found in upstate NY wandering on the road. She was emaciated, #71, 5-6 yrs old, her ribs, hips and backbones were sticking out. The tip of her tail looks like someone just cut it off straight across and it was bleeding. Emma is hunched back, and she was painful on her lumbar palpation exam. She has a strange walk, but the worst part was that she is blind. Who could do this to her when there are so many options to surrender your pets?
A good Samaritan found her and brought her to a local vet who took her in and called the shelter. The shelter had posted her for several days on their site, but no one claimed nor called that they recognized her. She did have a microchip and it said her name was Emma, but the contact numbers were no longer in service.
The shelter did an excellent job caring for her, and after she was off of stray hold, we took her into rescue.
Emma was taken to the Vet’s and it looks like she might have some neurological issues. Upon checking her eyes, it seems that she has Vertical Nystagmus, which is involuntary up and down movement of the eyes (up-down flickering) which is caused by a problem in the brain. In certain circumstances, flickering eye movements are normal i.e. when your dog is looking out the car window or when their head is moved from side to side, but your dog’s eyes should not flicker when their head is still.
She has Hypermetria in all 4 limbs, which is why her gait is off. She is blind in both eyes and needs surgery on her tail. But the good news is that the Vet feels she’ between 3-4 years old and has the sweetest personality.
(Hypermetria is describes as how they have the tendency to overreach and how their gait is affected which sees dogs high stepping rather than walking normally.)
Emma came to MAGDRL in April 2021 (1).