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After becoming suddenly paralyzed, River underwent neurosurgery at the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

Paralyzed Dog Walks Again After Neurosurgery at UC Davis

River, a 7-year-old border collie, collapsed and was paralyzed in his hind legs without warning. After being diagnosed by veterinary neurologists at UC Davis with a ruptured lumbar disc and hemorrhagic compression of his spinal cord, River underwent a neurosurgery to attempt to repair the injury. After a weeklong hospitalization, River was discharged home. He slowly started to regain motor function in his hind end and can now stand on his own and walk with assistance. While River’s recovery is far from over, and months of rehabilitation remain, he has a good prognosis for recovery.

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