Milo is a two-year-old dog who came to ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital with severe injuries.
Milo was with a pet sitter, and just before he was about to be picked up, he went missing. Hours later, he was discovered on the roof of an apartment building next to the building where his pet sitter lives. Firefighters were able to get Milo off the roof and into the arms of his owners, who brought him to the hospital.
In addition to a broken metacarpal, or wrist, our doctors discovered that Milo did not have any feeling in his hind legs. His spine was broken in the middle, causing the spinal cord not to work. Dr. Laurent Guiot, a board-certified surgical specialist, performed a surgery to repair the spine and put it back into place.
Dr. Guiot was able to place a plate in Milo’s spine to stabilize it, as well as repairing the injury in his wrist. Today, he rests comfortably in our ICU with pain medication after two surgeries, receiving lots of love and careful cuddles from our team.
While Milo’s front legs are expected to function as normal, the severity of his injuries will likely render him permanently paralyzed from the waist down. With the help of a wheelchair specially made for dogs, Milo should be able to get around on his own for the first stage of his recovery.
We hope to have Milo go home with his family this weekend, and if anyone has information on how he sustained his injuries, they are encouraged to contact the LAPD.
Milo is a super sweet eight-month-old Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. He was adopted along with his sister, Luna, and his owners noticed Milo wasn’t as active as she was, even though he seemed like he wanted to play. They then realized he seemed to be in pain when attempting to walk, run, or play.
It turns out Milo has severe joint disease — specifically hip and elbow dysplasia. Even though he’s just a baby, he moves as if he is a senior dog with arthritis.
His owners learned Milo would need state-of-the-art arthroscopy and joint replacement surgeries, and came to ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital to meet Dr. Laurent Guiot in the Bone & Joint Center.
Dr. Guiot presented Milo’s family with treatment options and they agreed surgery would be Milo’s best shot at walking, laying, and playing comfortably. Milo had his first procedure recently, on his elbows, and did well!
Can’t get enough of this cutie? Stay tuned for updates on his journey!
Nola is a very sweet pup who tore a ligament that holds part of the Achilles tendon in her left leg causing it to luxate, or dislocate, while she was playing with another dog.
Her condition, known as luxation of the superficial digital flexor tendon, required surgery to repair the ligament and allow her to return to function. Luckily, Dr. Laurent Guiot was able to correct this with surgery and send Nola home with her loving parents!
Lily came in for a checkup looking like a perfect little flower after healing from her TPLO. A TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) is a knee surgery performed on dogs to stabilize their stifle joint.
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Dr. Laurent Guiot is one of the orthopedic surgeons in our Bone and Joint Center.
His major interest is orthopedic trauma and minimally invasive orthopedic surgery and he routinely presents his work internationally and is an active member of major national and international orthopedic programs including the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, the AO (Association for the Study of Orthopedics), and the Orthopedic Research Society.
Dr. Guiot taught an AO course in Columbus, Ohio last April and enjoyed the lab instruction on dry bones!
We are thrilled to announce that Reunan Guillou, DVM, DACVS has joined ACCESS Los Angeles to start the Bone & Joint Center.
The ACCESS Bone & Joint Center will enable all primary care veterinarians to provide the forefront of orthopedic care for their patients.
In addition to his extensive experience in routine orthopedic surgery (TPLO, patellar luxation), Dr. Guillou will offer access to advanced orthopedic procedures including total joint replacement (for the hip, stifle, and elbow), angular limb deformity correction, and minimally invasive osteosynthesis.