Sergeant's Story

Sergeant, a tan and black German Shepard, resting on a sofa.Sergeant came to us from Missouri about 2 years ago as an abandoned dog at the time. We adopted him from Midwest Rescue after volunteers brought him to Minneapolis from Missouri.

A huge thanks for Dr. Greg Anderson at the University of Minnesota for his care of our dog, Sergeant, a GermanShepherd we adopted about 2 years ago. We picked him up from Midwest Rescue after volunteers brought him to Minneapolis from Missouri. Sgt. had been in to see Dr. Casey at the Como Park Animal Hospital (another excellent clinic) after he had been limping for several months. After examination and viewing the recent x-rays, Dr. Casey found some arthritis and muscle atrophy in both shoulders which was normal for his age. He referred us to Dr. Greg Anderson at the University of Minnesota. Upon Sgt.'s initial visit, Dr. Anderson manipulated everything humanly possible. Sgt. didn't show any pain while this was being done. We had several options, one of which was to have an MRI performed to see if it could not only determine the cause of his lameness, but also to rule out anything serious.

With that being said, his MRI results did not show anything wrong either. Also, while under sedation, a cyst on his neck was aspirated and fluid was removed from bone to rule out cancer. As it was noted that he had also tested positive for Erlichia in the past, he was also treated for a possible infection to see if that would relieve his lameness. We may not have found out why he is limping, but the thoroughness of his treatment at the U of M put our minds to rest. It was money well spent! Nothing but the best for the best, our pets!

Sergeant, a tan and black German Shepard, standing and looking out a screen door.

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