Coco–Subarachnoid Diverticulum

3 year-old French Bulldog

Coco Chanel, our French Bulldog, had an abnormal stance since she was a puppy. She was able to get around without a problem and every veterinarian that had seen her never mentioned that her stance was problematic. At around two and a half years of age, Coco began having problems with mobility. She would stand with her hind legs really far back and she had trouble balancing herself when she went to the bathroom. Thinking it was the early signs of a hip problem, a vet recommended that she have x-rays done of her back legs. After the x-rays came back normal, we were told to keep a close eye on it and if her symptoms worsened, she may need to see a neurologist. Over the next six months, Coco’s condition deteriorated rapidly. When she walked, she would flip her back paws over and just drag them causing scuffing on the tops of her back paws. She was having accidents in the house as she was unable to make it to the door. She couldn’t hold up her backside when using the bathroom. She couldn’t wag her little nub of a tail. Essentially, she had no control over the back half of her body.

Coco was referred to Dr. Wong who performed various tests to determine what was causing this problem. After identifying a congenital anomaly of her spine, he recommended that Coco undergo surgery. Dr. Wong performed the surgery and followed Coco closely in the weeks afterwards. She made progress at a much quicker rate than expected and now, less than one year after surgery, she is a happy, healthy dog with no sign of a spinal abnormality. Indeed, people often don’t believe how bad off Coco was or that she’s undergone a major back surgery. It’s nearly impossible to even see the scar.

What impressed us most about Dr. Wong was not only his skill when it came to Coco’s diagnosis and surgery, but the personalized and hands-on care he provided to Coco and our family. He explained every detail thoroughly and was there to answer any and all questions. When we came to visit Coco in the days following surgery, we would find Coco sitting next to Dr. Wong, instead of alone by herself in the crates. The first time we ever saw her wag her little nub tail was when Dr. Wong walked into the room where we were visiting with Coco in the days after her surgery. It was apparent that Coco had formed a bond with Dr. Wong and that he was extremely loving and comforting to her, whether Coco’s family was around or not. Coco has a new lease on life now. She is happy and healthy and can run and play for hours on end. We will forever be grateful to Dr. Wong and all he did to save our little Frenchie!