Neko, a seven-year-old German Shepherd, was abandoned by his family of five years because they were moving. He was rescued from a Las Vegas kill shelter the day before he would have been euthanized.
It became immediately clear that Neko needed medical attention, as he couldn’t walk. He was seen by a vet and given the unfortunate initial diagnosis of Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), a neurological disease of the spinal cord that is generally considered incurable. Neko’s rescuers weren’t deterred and he was moved to a permanent foster home where his foster family had experience with mobility-impaired dogs.
After months of physical therapy, good nutrition, and a host of supplements, Neko’s condition began to improve, and he was able to walk again. This is not normal for DM, and so Neko was seen by a specialist, who determined he does not in fact of DM! He recommended an MRI, which Neko recently underwent, to determine the best course of action.
Neko continues to be under the care of wonderful folks who work tireless to help him be the dog he was destined to be. Tails of Hope contributed $250 to his care, and we hope that Neko continues to improve under the loving care of his foster family.