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Sire: Reeves Royal Angus Von Tasz “Angus”
Dam: Hoofprint Emerald “Ashlee”
Owner: Judy Huston
Breeder: Pam and Larry Koons
September 20, 1995 – June 26, 2005
9 years 9 months
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
* Liver and pancreas had changes likely secondary to circulatory compromise from the intervertebral disc disease/
Interpretation of necropsy results:
The apparent cause of death of this dog was systemic toxemia secondary to devitalization of the mucosa of the
colon. This allowed bacteria from the colon and the toxins produced by it to be absorbed into the blood stream.
This was part of a series of changes in the body that all stemmed from one another. There was evidence of
intervertebral disc disease throughout portions of the lumbar spine. This dog was also previously diagnosed with
Cauda Equina syndrome/ Lumbosacral stenosis, so it is most likely that the intervertebral disc disease was
secondary to this primary condition. This then led to a demyelinating myelopathy and neuropathy, which caused
compromise to many areas of the body, including the gastrointestinal tract (megacolon.) The compromise to the
colon led to devitalization of the mucosa (intestinal lining) and the formation of blood clots in the vessels of the
colon. Toxins from the bacteria in the colon would then be able to enter the blood stream and affect the organs,
resulting in the death of this dog.
There was extensive ulceration of the stomach in this dog, which may have been a primary problem or may have
been secondary to steroid use (to treat the symptoms of the myelopathy/neuropathy.) There were changes in the
liver consistent with steroid use as well. The lungs and pancreas exhibited evidence of being affected by the
systemic toxemia as well. The lungs displayed evidence of inflammation, the pancreas hemorrhage.
Other findings include mild arthritic changes in the elbows and hips. There was no evidence of elbow or hip
dysplasia. There was no skin disease or ocular disease in this patient.
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