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      Tibetan Terrier puppy

Victim: Six-week old Tibetan Terrier dog
Diagnosis: Spinal cord injury and partial paralysis

A six-week-old Tibetan Terrier puppy was acutely paralyzed when a microchip was accidentally implanted in his spinal column. Twelve hours later, the puppy lost significant amounts of blood during surgery to remove the chip. The dog was unable to walk for nearly a week following the surgery. Eighteen months later, the dog continued to experience a mild residual movement disorder in which the muscles controlling his neck cause twisting and frequent jerking.

Published article: Smith TJ, Fitzpatrick N., "Surgical removal of a microchip from a puppy's spinal canal." Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 2009;22(1):63-5.

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Tibetan Terrier puppy
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Author(s)

Species

# of animals

Length of Implant Exposure

Problem

Smith & Fitzpatrick, 2009

Terrier puppy

1

12 hours

Acute paralysis

 

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