My beautiful sweet Cotton de Tulear had back surgery two days ago for a slipped prolapsed disc. I thought it was sudden but looking back, he did show earlier signs of pain. In the last 4-6 weeks he had three episodes of extreme nervousness and anxiety. He was panting and shaking and staring at me as if he was trying to communicate. After 30 minutes or so, he appeared to be his usual self.
Tuesday evening, I let him out and he went down two flights of stairs to the grass where he did his business. He could not get back up. When I went to lift him, his body was stiff and his hind legs were stretched out and very rigid. He was making very unusual noises, almost as if he was trying to tell me something. I put him down on the ground to see if I could determine where his pain was coming from and he could not stand.
A diagnosis was made and the options were surgery or put him down. Since Bosley is only 7 years old, I could not give up on him so easily. Because he still had feeling in his legs, chance of a full recovery with surgery is 85% - 95%. A decision had to be made immediately because his situation could worsen in a moment. If he were to lose feeling in his legs, chance of full recovery with surgery drops down to 50%.
It is almost 48 hrs after surgery and I was told this morning that he still has feeling in his legs but is showing no purposeful movement. This is not uncommon. I am wondering if anyone has cared for their dog after back surgery. What is involved? I heard recovery time is 4-6 weeks and the progress is measured week to week rather than day to day. I am very anxious about his recovery. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.