Last Updated: January 03, 2020
Here is Wilfred's story, in the words of his rescuer:
"Wilfred was given to us by a local shelter here in the Milwaukee area. He could not use his rear legs and pulled himself around by his front paws like a DM dog. Our vet estimates that he is from 7 to 12 months old. In addition to initially not being able to use his rear legs to walk he has a number of bony growths on his rib cage, right front elbow, 2 toes, but most prominently on his left shoulder. The shoulder growth is now the size of a tennis ball. He is not in any pain. Our vet and a referral vet think the bony growths are congenital. His spine is also curved upwards and slightly twisted. We began PT and after only a week he was able to stand on his own and walk. He has gotten stronger as he has walked over the last 2 weeks but still uses a cart as he tires and has trouble with uneven ground."
Wilfred has been evaluated by the vet school at the University of Wisconsin. He has been diagnosed with multiple cartilaginous exostoses with secondary compressive myelopathy. Luckily, the biopsy of his biggest bump did not show any cancer.
Wilfred is scheduled for surgery to relieve the pressure on his spinal cord. He will need extensive follow-ups, as his lesions may continue to grow until he reaches skeletal maturity (i.e. when his growth plates close). Follow-up full body radiographs (x-rays) every 3-6 months is recommended to monitor for continued growth of his lesions even after his growth plates close.
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