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Checklist of common diseases:
Heart and Vascular system diseases
Immune system diseases
Intervertebral disc disease
GSD degenerative myelopathy
Non-genetic symptoms/side effects of other conditions
Interpretation of necropsy results:
The main finding on necropsy is that of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the immune system (plasma cells) which invades the
bone marrow causing destruction of the bones. The 12th thoracic, 2nd and 5th lumbar vertebrae were affected by this process.
In this case the cancer had also spread to the liver, spleen and lymph nodes, demonstrable on microscopic examination of these
tissues. There were also secondary changes in the lungs that can be attributable to the presence of cancer/disease in the body
but not a primary lung disorder per se.
There are changes in the liver that are related to oxygen depravation due to “thick” blood caused by the cancer. This lack of
proper oxygenation to the tissues is likely the cause of the seizures that Emma was experiencing prior to her euthanasia.
In addition to the cancer spread in the liver there was also evidence of some aging changes (fibrosis) that may have
compromised the function slightly but were not likely of clinical significance.
There was mild arthritis present in the left elbow.
There was no evidence of either lumbosacral stenosis or GSD degenerative myelopathy.
There is no evidence of primary disease of the digestive system, endocrine system, heart, skin, pancreas, eyes or neurological
CRYSTAL'S MRS PEEL, CD
Sire: Reeves Royal Angus Von Tasz
Dam: Hoofprint Emerald "Ashlee"
Owner: Joe and Lucille Jasinski
Breeder: Pam and Larry Koons
September 20, 1995 – June 11, 2005
9 years 9 months
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