Meet Stan!

Meet Stan!

Stan was admitted to the clinic in February 2020 following a rotational fall out hunting.

Stan was admitted to the clinic in February 2020 following a rotational fall out hunting. He presented with severe ataxia (loss of coordination) and swelling of his neck. Radiographs of his neck were taken, which revealed a fracture of the 4th cervical vertebrae and subluxation (mild displacement) of the joint between the 4th and 5th cervical vertebrae. The displaced bone was impinging on the spinal cord, causing the ataxia.
Surgical stabilisation vs conservative management of the fracture was discussed, but in light of the imaging and clinical presentation, conservative management was chosen. This involved 6 weeks of total box rest to promote ankylosis (fusion) of the joint and allow time for the fracture to heal, alongside anti-inflammatory medication. Luckily Stan’s laid-back temperament meant he was the perfect patient during his long stay with us at BVEC! Neck radiographs were repeated every two weeks to check the progress of the ankylosis and healing.
Eventually Stan was able to start going out for walks in-hand to graze. During this time his ataxia significantly improved, until he was able to be turned out in a paddock for the first time at the end of April 2020.
After almost 10 weeks at the clinic, Stan was able to return home to continue his rehabilitation. As you can see from the pictures he is now back in full work and doing well with his very committed owners.
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