Canine Thermography – Heart Disease

West Highland Terrier - heart disease, osteoarthritis, muscular tightness

Canine thermography – heart disease

West Highland Terrier – heart disease, osteoarthritis, muscular tightness

 
This is an interesting brief case study of an adorable and playful West Highland Terrier.
 
Westies are know to suffer from a number of issues including hip, knee, jaw problems as well as kidney, lung and skin diseases… Thus, the caring owners brought this 6 years old male for a check up and to establish a thermographic baseline.
 
Thermal imaging as an un-invasive and sedation free screening technique that is used for early detection of hard to diagnose animal injury, lameness and disease cases. In our case, thermography proved to be the ideal method to assess this canine’s health.
 
Our thermography scans revealed several regions of interest that needed to be addressed or further investigated.
 
The most notable was a diffused hyperthermia that extended over a large area of the left barrel. This was an indication of a developing heart, muscular or bone inflammation. Further clinical examination by a veterinarian was recommended to correlate this finding, as soon as possible.
 
Moreover, a mild hyperthermia of both hocks and stifles was indication of a joint inflammation or of osteoarthritis in early stages.
 
Also, focal hyperthermia in the dorsocranial neck indicated muscular tightness that resulted from a nerve impingement in the cervical spine  (…this could have originated in a bad collar fit).
 
Lastly, a multifocal hyperthermia in the thoracic spine revealed fixations in the mid-spine that needed to be addressed through chiropractic treatment or physiotherapy.
 
We look forward to this little Westie’s follow up screening as means of monitoring his health and treatment success.
 

Canine Thermography – pelvic & knee injury / lameness

Canine Thermography - Plevic Injury & Knee Injury / Lameness

Pelvic hyperthermia

Agility dog’s thermography reveals spinal, hock and knee injury

 At a recent Breeders Day event, our medical grade thermography services were commissioned to investigate in detail the causes of severe lameness experienced by this beautiful Belgian Tervuren named Mika.
Mika is an agility dog who sustained a nasty injury to his left hind knee a few months ago.
Unfortunately, his recovery was very slow and his condition started to deteriorate towards the time we met him.
 
Our full body thermal imaging revealed Mika’s previously undetected severe inflammation in pelvic region, which could potentially give rise to secondary neuropathy.
Moreover a hypothermic asymmetry was detected on the left front leg as a possible result of the weight transfer from the injured limb.
Also, a hypothermic asymmetry of the lateral left thigh and hock correlated with the previously diagnosed left hind lameness.
 
Ultimately, in light of his injuries Mika had to undergo a successful knee surgery.
We were very pleased to learn that both the owners and the vet were impressed with the medical precision of our thermographic assessment and found it very helpful in formulating a new treatment protocol for Mika.
In turn, we were invited to perform a follow up screening of Mika’s post surgery recovery in a few months.

Canine Thermography – Epilepsy

Canine Thermography - Epilepsy, Lameness, Kidney Disease

….Weimaraner suffering from epilepsy and numerous other seemingly unrelated ailments…

 Thermography of an epileptic Weimaraner.

Just recently we had the opportunity to image this extremely interesting case of a sweet Weimaraner suffering from epilepsy and numerous other seemingly unrelated ailments.
His name is Wendell, he is four years old and due to his condition, he has been re-homed a few times. Wendell is a very gentle and loving dog, who loves to take walks and chase squirrels.
 
To ease Wendell’s suffering, his kind owner wanted to know which of his medical issues can and should be fixed first.
Since the epileptic seizures have been somewhat managed with medication, as a start we set a thermographic benchmark while Wendell was between seizures.
 
We will have to wait until his next incident and screen him right after it. That way we can get clinically significant data based on the comparative images taken before and after seizures to start drawing conclusions.
 
However, our thermal imaging also yielded some additional interesting findings.
 
The most acute problem was  indicated by a hyperthermic area on the left flank pointing to a kidney inflammation (see image).
The vet was able to easily treat this with antibiotics. 
 
Moreover, there was the issue of intermittent lameness and weak legs. 
A diffuse hyperthermia over Wendell’s right shoulder pointed to the presence of degenerative arthritis (OA). Radiography was suggested to asses the extent of OA in this joint, before further action is taken.
 
Lastly, our thermal scans revealed several areas of fixation along this canine’ spine (especially around the lumbar section). A chiropractic adjustment or other integrated therapy was suggested to resolve this matter.
 
We are happy to report that it is now only a question of time how soon will Wendell go back to his walks and his favorite game – chasing squirrels. Go fetch!!!