Compressed Intervertebral Discs - Canine
Labrador, MN, 10-year-old
The patient had a history of recent surgical removal of his left anal sac following a diagnosis of anal gland carcinoma. The client was seeking holistic geriatric care to improve overall quality of life.
Physiological Screen with Digital Thermal Imaging
The patient was acclimated to room temperature, was not handled during acclimation, and remained calm during image capture. A set of 14 digital thermal images were captured with a Digatherm IR camera.
A dorsal thermal image of the neck showed multiple areas of asymmetrical hypothermia throughout the area of the general somatic afferent receptors associated with dermatomes C4-C6. Hypothermia was more pronounced on the left side (Fig. 1).
Fig. 1 – Dorsal cervical thermal image showing hypothermia throughout dermatomes C4-C6.
Left and right lateral thermal images showed multiple areas of hypothermia throughout the dorsal paravertebral musculature. This pattern suggests a neurological vasoconstriction within dermatomes C4-C6 (Fig. 2).
Fig. 2 – Left and right lateral thermal images showing hypothermia throughout dermatomes C4-C6.
Thermal images of the forelegs showed asymmetrical hypothermia throughout ventral dermatomes C6-T1 (Fig. 3).
Deficits in the innervation supplied by the radial nerve to the distal portions of the extensor carpi radialis, the lateral and common digital extensor, and the extensor carpi ulnaris muscles are illustrated by the hypothermia within the distal limbs.
The hypothermia was greater on the distal portion of the left fore limb and correspond to the larger deficits within the left dorsal dermatome C4-C6 noted in Fig. 1.
Analysis of zones A and B in Fig. 3 showed there was an average difference in the thermal deficits of 4.7°C.
There were three focal areas of hypothermia on the left fore limb when compared to the right fore limb (Fig. 4).
Fig. 3 – Thermal images of the forelegs showing asymmetrical hypothermia throughout ventral dermatomes C6-T1.
Fig. 4 -Focal areas of hypothermia on the left fore limb.
The digital thermal images clarified the extent of neurological deficits in dermatomes C6-T1. The client enthusiastically agreed to radiographs, bloodwork, heavy metal scan, and Oest. 4 scan.
Radiographs showed narrowing of disc spaces C6-T1 and suggested disk protrusion or extrusion at one or more of those sites (Fig. 5).
Chiropractic adjustment was prescribed along with milk kefir, bone broth, apricot bitters, and various other nutritional corrections.
Response to Treatment
The improved nutritional plan, along with additional thermographic examinations and chiropractic adjustments greatly improved the quality of life for the patient.
Infrared Digital Thermal Imaging Provided
The digital thermal images demonstrated the extent of the neurological deficits to the client and resulted in the client’s enthusiastic agreement to further diagnostics and therapy.
Fig. 5 – Radiographs showing narrowing of disc spaces C6-T1.
Dr. Marlene Siegel
Pasco Veterinary Medical Center