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Earlier today, NYBC received a message from our rescue colleague, Road Dogs, about a male bulldog with spina bifida. Roland was located in the Suffolk County area and NYBC sent a crew member to retrieve him and bring him for immediate medical attention. Roland is able to walk but he is not well. He is urinating blood and he seems dull. He is currently admitted into the emergency hospital and we are awaiting the initial bloodwork and lab results. There is a partial blockage which made passing a urinary catheter difficult. Stones or an obstruction is suspected with probable surgery to correct. Please pray for Roland and if possible, contribute to his medical care.
Spina bifida is a birth defect that affects not only people but also dogs and cats. During gestation, the vertebrae typically grow around the spinal cord. When they fail to complete this developmental step, the spinal cord is left exposed at birth. Weakness in the back legs and an unsteady gait may be evident, or the animal could be incontinent, depending on the severity of the defect. In some cases, surgery can make small repairs, such as preventing spinal cord exposure through the skin, but in most cases, there is no procedure that can completely reconstruct the vertebrae. Spina bifida is a congenital abnormality of the spine in which the vertebrae fail to develop normally. Depending on the severity of the defect, it can manifest as anything from a devastatingly malformed, exposed spinal cord to a wholly inconsequential, incidental finding observed only on X-rays and for which the patient requires no treatment.
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