Back surgery for slipped prolapsed disc

Michelle GrieveMichelle Grieve Posts: 14Member
edited 15 November, 2013 in Get Well Soon
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.
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  • Michelle GrieveMichelle Grieve Posts: 14Member
    edited 8 September, 2011
    I am very anxious about Bosley today. I am second guessing my decision to put him through surgery. Checking this forum every few minutes hoping you dog lovers will offer some advice. Any support will be appreciated. I am starting to freak out a bit.
  • Scooter_Trudy_BillyScooter_Trudy_Billy SevernPosts: 84,783Member ✭✭✭
    edited 9 September, 2011
    Bosley, I'm sorry for not seeing this sooner. You can pmail me for support if you need to. I had a herniated disc which is the same as as slipped disc. I was in the same position as you...I was getting better and then after two weeks, I started to decline...quickly. I got to the point where I couldn't walk and like you, I decided to have the surgery. Mom typing here: Scooter was only 5 and I was told there was a 90 percent chance I would have a full recovery. If I decided not to do the surgery, I would have been paralyzed. Even though I wasn't able to stand up or walk, the doctor said the biggest indicator was tail wagging. There is a window....I believe it's 48-72 hours after complete loss of function that you have to have this surgery to ensure the greatest success (85-95%) It's not uncommon to not be able to have function for a few days after surgery. I had surgery on a Tuesday and it was Friday when I finally started standing up and moving around a bit. The doctor was pretty amazed by this because he said I should be up and moving a bit by the end of the weekend. So, with Bosley having his surgery on Tuesday, it's not at all uncommon for him not to be walking yet. Did the doctor feel the surgery was successful? If so, believe in that. I was scared just like you were...we picked Scooter up on Thursday and she was so happy to see us...she scooted her away to the door. She couldn't walk. By Friday, we saw her walking a little bit, wobbly and falling, but at least it was something. So, I would say the norm is 3-5 days after surgery you should see some improvement. How are you doing today? What did the doctor say about the surgery. Our surgeon (neurologist) felt my surgery was a success and I was fixed...I just needed a little recovery time. I wouldn't say I'm 100% but darn close (surgery was 2 years ago). Most wouldn't notice it, but mom can see I get a little tired after long walks whereas before my surgery that didn't happen...I wobble a little after long walks so mom keeps the walks a little shorter (30 min or less). How are you doing now? |:||:||:||:|
  • Scooter_Trudy_BillyScooter_Trudy_Billy SevernPosts: 84,783Member ✭✭✭
    edited 9 September, 2011
    Just wanted to add...it does take weeks for full recovery. The doctor said that the first 2-3 weeks, you see about a 75% (hope I'm remembering that right) improvement with the next 4-6 weeks of getting the rest back. So it does sound like you are getting the same feedback I got. when I went to visit Scooter the day after her surgery, the doctor asked me to call her. She wiggled/scooted her butt over to me...tail wagging. He said that was a good sign. The fact that you chose to do the surgery when you did probably saved your life. Waiting more than 2 days after complete loss does lower your chances for a full recovery...so again, the doctor was right in telling you that. I'm so curious how you are doing today. |:|
  • Michelle GrieveMichelle Grieve Posts: 14Member
    edited 9 September, 2011
    Thank you so much for your response. The vet called last night and said there was a complication. 48 hrs post surgery, Bosley's hind legs are fully extended. He has no movement but the bigger concern is that his hind quarters are extremely tight. I was told this is a complication but not necessarily a bad sign. She asked that I come to see Bosley today. Hopefully I can motivate him. They would be pleased to see even his tail wagging at this point. I should mention that Bosley is neither agile or athletic. It took him 5 years to learn how to navigate stairs or even jump up on a couch. To this day, he is able to do those things but he is very methodical in his approach. I am so excited to see my sweet dog. I don't know what to expect but I will let you know how it goes.
  • Scooter_Trudy_BillyScooter_Trudy_Billy SevernPosts: 84,783Member ✭✭✭
    edited 9 September, 2011
    Ok cool...If you go back through my diary...to july 2009, that's when my story starts. I just read it again and it brings back a lot of memories...I bet you relate to a lot of it too. I also realized after reading my diary that FULL recovery could take up to 4-6 months. Signficant improvement can be seen. I did a little more research and it appears that some signficant signs can take a couple of weeks to show. Good luck with your visit and let us know how he's doing...I'm vested in this one especially since these herniated/slipped discs are near and dear to my heart! I'm here for ya! |:|
  • Dale PageDale Page Posts: 36,728Member
    edited 9 September, 2011
    |:||:| saying a wee prayer your recovery goes well|:||:|
  • Jen SJen S MAPosts: 350Member
    edited 9 September, 2011
    I hope all is better today, and you get to see some improvement on your visit!! Scooter gave you some great advice, and also a success story to give you hope. Hearing from someone who has been through it is invaluable. My beagle Summer has a herniated disc as of about 2 weeks ago. She was reluctant to do stairs or get on the bed or couch. So I brought her to the Vet and he said the x-rays are not revealing but it is probably a minor disc herniation, and to just rest her and keep an eye on her. Well, I see no improvemnt. No worsening, but no improvement. I hope we don't have to do surgery. Please let us know how it goes today when you go see Bosley, I'll be thinking of you. When does he come home?
  • Jean DeSenaJean DeSena Posts: 7,304Member
    edited 9 September, 2011
    |:||:||:|Bosley|:||:||:| Hope you are doing better today and the dasy to come. I know how scary it is for your family. My fur cousin A little SHih Tzu had back surgery after sudden paralysis. He made a full recovery which of course took a little time. He has the occasional hitch in his Giddy Up but is happy healthy boy and walking freely.=;
  • Scooter_Trudy_BillyScooter_Trudy_Billy SevernPosts: 84,783Member ✭✭✭
    edited 9 September, 2011
    Summer, just some feedback for you...in many cases, regular xrays will not reveal a herniated disc. Unfortunately, it requires a myleogram or mri...both are expensive. i think there is a catscan that can be done, but again expensive. I hope you are feeling better. Hopefully you are getting a lot of rest because if the route for your recovery is non surgical, then lots of crate rest is important. Many vets will look at the symptoms, and try to treat conversatively without putting an undue financial hardship on you...so they treat it as a herniated disc in hopes that proper protocol (strict rest) gets you better. I'm here for you too...and you are a beagley! |$|
  • Jen SJen S MAPosts: 350Member
    edited 9 September, 2011
    Thanks Scooter!!! We went in because she seemed "off" and not wanting to do stairs or jump up at all. They did an x-ray, and said it was "unremarkable" and then told me the exact same thing you just said. That you often can not see herniations or disc bulges on x-ray. So, we are resting her and hoping she improves. So far, no improvement. I am think of getting the myelogram done, just to know exactly what we are dealing with. Do you know, by chane, an estimate of what it would cost? Have we heard from Bosley today? I am hoping and praying he is improved and doing better.
  • Michelle GrieveMichelle Grieve Posts: 14Member
    edited 10 September, 2011
    Hi everyone and thank you for your feedback. I went to see Bosley yesterday and he was completely unimpressed. I think he was mad at me. He wouldn't even look at me or wag his tail. I was happy with how he looked, I expected much worse. The vet was hoping for a better response to my visit. I must say, it was a bit embarrassing that Bosley was so aloof. Before my visit, the vet called to let me know that he does have movement in his back legs which is progress. We let him outside and he stands, but only because his hind quarters are so rigid. When he tries to walk, the top of his back paws drag across the ground. It is very sad to see. As he was standing outside, he made a poop. The vet and I were both pleasantly surprised. After that, he peed and the vet was thrilled. Clearly he has control of his bowels and bladder. The vet called again this morning and said there was no change, good or bad but at this point the progress is expected to be very slow. He will be coming home on Tuesday. I am looking so forward to it.
  • Michelle GrieveMichelle Grieve Posts: 14Member
    edited 10 September, 2011
    Hi Summer, An x-ray is not helpful when trying to diagnose a herniated or slipped disc. It is however done before surgery to count vertebrae. I live in Toronto and had the surgery done at a pretty pricey hospital but I know the care is top notch. A CT scan was the only test Bosley needed to determine he had a slipped prolapsed disc. The price of a CT scan was $601.95. If that did not show what they needed to see then he would have had a myelogram which costs $488.20. If they still didn't see the problem than a MRI would have needed to be done and that test runs around $1500. If you need to be tested further, make sure you have a CT scan before a MRI. It is cheaper and usually the only test that needs to be done. Feel better soon.
  • Scooter_Trudy_BillyScooter_Trudy_Billy SevernPosts: 84,783Member ✭✭✭
    edited 10 September, 2011
    Hey Bosley...we are pulling for ya...I have been thinking of you a lot. Some movement is very positive. It sounds like your doctor is optimistic that you will continue improving. =; Summer, I think Bosley is right...I wonder if a cat scan would work. I say that because I recently got a twinge in my back and I went back to see my doctor just to make sure I didn't hurt my back and he mentioned a cat scan. Myleograms are expensive...I want to say over $1000? MRIs are more. CT scans would be cheaper...I am not sure how they are...I want to say my vet said with a referral it would be around $400 or $500? Summer, are you getting complete cage rest? meaning you are not walking stairs, running, jumping on furniture? Crate/cage rest SUCKS because our humans feel so bad for us...BUT it can really show improvement because it's REST. Only time you come out is to go to the bathroom or eat. Mom restricted me to the living room and wouldn't let me up on furniture...if she left the room, I went in the crate. Also, did they give you any anti inflammatory medicine?
  • Scooter_Trudy_BillyScooter_Trudy_Billy SevernPosts: 84,783Member ✭✭✭
    edited 13 September, 2011
    Hey there....how's Bosley doing today? |:|
  • Michelle GrieveMichelle Grieve Posts: 14Member
    edited 13 September, 2011
    Hello everyone, I just brought Bosley home an hour ago. He is resting comfortably beside me. I have been given physio exercises to do 6 times a day. I feel a little overwhelmed and anxious when handling him. When I handle him in a way that makes him uncomfortable, he gives me the smallest little love bite.......more like a nibble to let me know. I took him out for a pee when we got home and we both got peed on.........lol. It is going to be a long road but I look forward to a full recovery. F.Y.I according to my bill, the tests are priced as follows (Toronto) CT Scan $601.95 Myelogram $488.20 (there is a small risk when this procedure is being done). Bosley did not need this as the CT Scan showed what they needed to see. MRI $1500.00 approx. He didn't need this either. Thanks Scooter for the good wishes. I will keep you posted on Bosley's progress.
  • Michelle GrieveMichelle Grieve Posts: 14Member
    edited 13 September, 2011
    The CT Scan was $601.95 and the CT interpretation was $164.80
  • Jen SJen S MAPosts: 350Member
    edited 13 September, 2011
    I am so glad Bosley is home and doing a bit better. I'm sorry you got peed on:r. He will do much better now that he is home with you, they always do. What are physio exercises? I'll have to look that one up. Thanks so much to you and Scooter for your advice and help with Summer. She was never on complete "crate rest" and we were just told to carry her up or down stairs, and to not let her do too much. That's it. She is much better and it is getting harder for her to take it easy when she feels good and wants to run and play! Thanks for the prices. I think if this happens again, I am going to skip the x-ray and go right to the CT scan. I want to know what is going on, if anything. Telling me "I don't see anything, but let's assume it's her discs since she is a beagle" is not good enough for me. I want to know the extent of things, and see what I can do about it. But, for now, she is doing well. Please keep us posted on Bosley, I hope he gets better quick! Is he on any pain meds?
  • Michelle GrieveMichelle Grieve Posts: 14Member
    edited 13 September, 2011
    Hey Summer, Bosley is on pain meds and another drug but I am not sure what. When I picked him up, I was given so much information that I missed what the other medication was for. His hind quarters are very tight which means he will progress slower. He keeps his legs fully extended so I have to do exercises to looses his muscles. Taking care of him is like having a new born baby. I was peed on this afternoon and thrown up on this evening. Oh my poor Bosley. He hasn't had a bowel movement yet and I am not sure how that is going to happen. I am overwhelmed and concerned. I am very happy to hear Summer is doing better but if it is a disc, crate rest is so important. I was told disc problems are prevalent in long back, short leg dogs.......so chances are, your vet is right. Hold off a bit longer but if he doesn't improve, you should do a CT scan to confirm what is going on. Looking back, Bosley displayed signs of pain over the last few months. He had 3-4 episodes where he was shaking excessively and panting. I thought it was anxiety since it would go away in 20 minutes or so. Had we determined his problem sooner, perhaps we could have prevented the need for back surgery. Thanks so much for your comments and support. Hope Summer feels better soon.
  • Jen SJen S MAPosts: 350Member
    edited 13 September, 2011
    I know it must be overwhelming, but hang in there. He will get better each day. He knows you love him, and are doing the best that you can. What is he eating? Maybe give him some pure canned pumpkin to help move things along, the extra fiber should help him "go". Do you have to carry him in and out? Can he stand or walk on his own? I'm curious because I know nothing about the post-surgical care. Keep smiling, and know it should be uphill from here!!!
  • Michelle GrieveMichelle Grieve Posts: 14Member
    edited 14 September, 2011
    Hi Summer, Bosley is on a dry dental food but it seems to much of an effort for him to eat right now so he is on soft food. He did his business outside this morning and again in the kitchen......ugh. I do have to carry him in and out and he can stand on his own but I have to lay his back paws flat on the floor for him. He can't walk. The after care is intense to say the least. I am doing his exercises with him 6 times a day and in between that cleaning up vomit, pee and poop. I know in the end it will all be worth it but right now it seems impossible.
  • Scooter_Trudy_BillyScooter_Trudy_Billy SevernPosts: 84,783Member ✭✭✭
    edited 14 September, 2011
    I'm so glad to hear that bosley is home! ~b~ He will do better at home...I'm sure he will. With time and commitment, your boy will be back to feeling more like his ol self. I know it's overwhelming...it can be scary as heck. It was so hard for mom to see me...scooting on the floor...happy as can be...scooting along for a treat, but seeing the progress...even if it was a little bit was all worth it. Feel free to contiue posting here...we'll offer as much support as we can. You tell Bosley he has complete strangers here sending him lots of positive thoughts and he has to be strong! Hang in there...you are right...in the end, it will be worth it! Are you seeing progress, even small steps towards recovery? I'm curious what your doctor thinks too. As for not pooping...Summer is right...a little spoonful of pumpkin might help. not pie filling pumpkin, but regular canned pumpkin. Summer, glad you are feeling better too. The biggest triggers for a herniated disc are: jumping off and on furniture, running down stairs (especially making that jump at the end), and what mom calls "rabbit chasing" running...zig zagging :)) Keep feeling better Summer! |:||:||:||:||:||:||:||:|
  • Michelle GrieveMichelle Grieve Posts: 14Member
    edited 14 September, 2011
    Hey Scooter and Summer (gonna try writing as Bosley lol) Thanks so much for your support. I have pooped today, three times. Only once was outside but Mom is showing great patience. She tried to be sneaky and put my pills in a piece of cheese but I always manage to spit them out. Today she went out and got these great delicious treats by Greenies. They are called Pill Pockets and she stuffed the pills inside and I loved them so much, I didn't even notice. Have your mom's buy them to if you ever need to take medicine. Mom has said she has noticed an improvement even from yesterday. My hind quarters are very tight which will make my recovery a little more difficult and slower. With physio 6 times a day, it helps to loosen my hind quarters. When mom brought me home yesterday, I would sit on my bottom with my hind legs fully extended in front of me. Today I am having an easier time folding them up beside me. When we are outside, she gives me support by holding me up from behind. When I try to walk, she moves my back legs for me but I am really getting the hang of that and I feel myself trying to run out of her hands. Something that I find upsetting, I have not been crated since I was a puppy and now when Mom steps away or out for a bit and puts me in the crate, I get very angry with her and do my business all over myself to let her know. Since I am lead a sedentary lifestyle, I usually lay out beside her in my bed when she is in the kitchen or family room. It sure beats the crate but sometimes I understand she has to crate me to keep me safe. Any advice for her on how to keep me from peeing in there? Thanks for checking in my new friends. Stay tuned for updates. Hopefully sometime soon I will be able to tell you that I am walking again.
  • Scooter_Trudy_BillyScooter_Trudy_Billy SevernPosts: 84,783Member ✭✭✭
    edited 14 September, 2011
    If you don't want to type as Bosley, you don't have to. Personally I think us pups are more interesting ;) Whatever makes you more comfortable =; Here's my mom: I find it interesting that Bosley messes in his crate. Most dogs will NOT do that. Big question for you...how large is the crate? It should just be big enough for Bosley to walk in, turn around in comfortable, and stand/lay down. You did mention he was crated as a puppy, but was he actually crate trained? Is the crate plastic or wired? How long is he crated? Maybe you can give him something as a distraction. A kong filled with peanut butter...stuffed banana, biscuits, etc. Something tells me he isn't doing it because he is mad. Anxious maybe but I don't think dogs pee on our things or in their crates, chew on stuff because they are mad. That's more of a human assumption. Another alternative when you can't supervise or watch him is to put him in a room. Some will use a baby gate so that the door doesn't have to be closed. The important thing is not letting him jump on furniture, go up and down stairs, or run around. Is that an option? I know in my house, we have open rooms so to it wouldn't really work in my house unless I put Scooter in the bathroom or our office (which doesn't have furniture to jump on except for an office chair I keep tucked in. At the same time, I don't trust Scooter not to destroy something ;) Luckily, Scooter is crate trained and she actually loves going in her crate. Hope this helps some...glad ot hear about the little steps of improvement! Gotta love Bosley! ;c;
  • Jen SJen S MAPosts: 350Member
    edited 14 September, 2011
    Hi Bosley and Scooter :-h I am so glad to hear that Bosley is doing a little better.....and the poop news is great!!! (maybe not so great in the house...) Did the Vet say why his legs are so stiff and fully extended? Is that normal Scooter? Does he have feeling in them, or is that to come with progress and time? I am glad you are getting him outside and getting him moving a little. You are doing such a great job with him, he is very lucky. My girls are all like Scooter, they like their crates!!!They think of them as their beds and their "place" to go relax. I never close the doors, they just go in and out freely. Has he ever been crated? Scooter gave good advice about the crate. It should be only big enough for him, not big enough for him to have two bedrooms in it!! I made that mistake with Summer when I first got her. I had a HUGE crate and I thought that I was just the best Mom around, giving her a big bed to be safe in. Well, she used one side to pee in, and the other side to sleep in!!:? I am looking forward to updates and reading his progress. I am sure he is VERY happy to be home. Does he sleep near you? I'll bet he was lonely at night while at the vet, another reason he will be better at home. Like two idiots, we took the girls, including Summer, out for a walk last evening. Summer was feeling much better, acting spry, so we thought, why not go for a slow, short walk. Well, even just out to the pine grove and back was too much. Today, I feel like she was sore or something. She is happy and acting well, but she will not even try to go up or down even one step. It was a challenge keeping her from stairs for the past two days since she was better, but now I feel like that was very irresponsible of us to take her on a walk. Almost 3 weeks ago the Vet said to rest her for two weeks, and we honestly didn't go far, but it was too much. She already seems better to me, but no more walkies for awhile. Give Bosley and Scooter big hugs from us, but don't squeeze Bosley too tight. Keep us posted and I will check this often to hear of some improvement. I'll bet you by the weekend he will be moving those back legs!!
  • Michelle GrieveMichelle Grieve Posts: 14Member
    edited 15 September, 2011
    Hi Scooter, Bosley's crate is made of wire and it is big enough for him to lay down in or turn around but it is not too big. Maybe it is more of an anxiety thing than an anger thing but this has always been a problem. When I go out, I confine him to my laundry room because he will pee or poop in the house but if I am with him, he goes all night long and several hours a day without going. He has control but chooses not to when I am not around. Not a big deal right now, it is the least of my worries. I wonder when he is expected to walk. At what point, would it be safe to say he will never walk? I am not discouraged yet because it is way too early but how long do you think this will take?
  • Michelle GrieveMichelle Grieve Posts: 14Member
    edited 15 September, 2011
    Hi Summer, My poor Bosley is physically challenged, even before he slipped his disc. His front legs are turned out, almost backwards. He looks like a Dr. Suess character. It took him 5 years to learn how to jump up on a couch or climb stairs and he never really became comfortable with it. His hind quarters are very tight because of the neurological damage as well as his physical makeup. So he is on the slow plan. The vet has every reason to believe that he will walk again but it may take him a little longer. He sleeps beside my bed on his bed so I can keep an eye on him and I have the area blocked so he can't move around. He slept very well last night. Ready to start the 2nd physio session with him now. Check in soon. Thanks guys for your continued support.
  • Scooter_Trudy_BillyScooter_Trudy_Billy SevernPosts: 84,783Member ✭✭✭
    edited 15 September, 2011
    Bosley, what did the doctor say about his prognosis? Summer asked if the stiffness is normal and honestly, I don't know. I was made of rubber BOL! I believe recovery depends on where the slipped/herniated disc was. I had a friend...Rowdy...his progress was much slower than mine. It took him a few weeks. The stiffness is not something I am familiar with. This is something the doctor should be able to answer. Does he feel with the proper excercise and therapy that Bosley can make a full recovery or close to it? I remember not being able to walk and mom asked the doctor over and over again...will Scooter make a full recovery and he was adamant that she would. Now here she is again...walking around on all beagley fours...like she owns the place ;) I was scared because he kept telling me she will recover, but here was my sweet 5 year old beagle and she was scooting along the floor the day before her surgery and for a few days after. I trusted in what he said...even though I asked over and over again LOL! As for his anxiety being in the crate, has he been crate trained? Trained to go into his crate with treats or positive reinforcement? Your best bet may be a small room with no furniture or at least none he can jump on. Now may not be the time to "crate train" him. I'm sure he is stressed out as it is knowing he is not functioning normally. Keep checking in....
  • Scooter_Trudy_BillyScooter_Trudy_Billy SevernPosts: 84,783Member ✭✭✭
    edited 15 September, 2011
    Summer...I'm going to share with you...when my vet first suspected something was up with my back (I was hesitant on stairs...I didn't want to go up and down and I couldn't jump up on the sofa), my vet told me thought it could be two things...a herniated disc or a muscle strain of some kind. At the time I knew nothing about herniated discs or "crate rest". The vet ordered Scooter to two weeks of crate rest....only come out when she has to go to the bathroom. He wanted to have her eat in the crate. I explained that Scooter has always been walked to go to the bathroom. He really didn't want her doing that. He said if you want to walk her in a half a block and back, ok but he didn't want her walking at all. At the time, I didn't really get that. I thought ok...so no running or jumping...no stairs. But literally he wanted her supervised or in her crate at all times. The rest and relaxation was important. But again, I just didn't get it like I do now. Well after being on medicine for a few days, I started to let off the reigns, gave Scooter more freedom. I wouldn't let her on the sofa or anything, but I did take her "around the block. A day or two later is when we noticed she isn't "picking up" her back right leg like normal. It was dragging a little bit. We took her back to the vet...he did a neurological test and sent me to the emergency vet right away because I was a possible step away from paralysis. He asked about the strict crate rest and I told I was walked a little bit. He wasn't happy that I was walking her a block or two even if it was slow. I knew I needed to listen to him and not stray one bit from their instructions. By then it was too late and even though I was crated for two days, I slowly got worse and that's when they had to do the emergency surgery. I'm hoping you feel better. Make sure you are carried up and down the stairs...make sure you don't jump on the furniture, and make sure you don't run. Not a lecture...just saying it because I care. I gave Scooter freedom too early and we both paid for it...she lost all function in her back legs and I was out a lot of money for her back surgery. Im not sure if it would have made a difference, but I always wondered what would have happened if I followed the vets instructions to the letter. I don't want you to get worse. I have heard about strict cage rest leading back to a full recovery so it is possible. Thinking of you too Summer! You know I have a thing for beagles :D|$|
  • Michelle GrieveMichelle Grieve Posts: 14Member
    edited 16 September, 2011
    GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 10 days after surgery, Bosley took his first steps today. It was more of a drunken stumble but he is moving! I knew the day was going well because he seemed more alert and playful. His pain meds have been decreased and things are looking up. I am very encouraged.
  • Scooter_Trudy_BillyScooter_Trudy_Billy SevernPosts: 84,783Member ✭✭✭
    edited 16 September, 2011
    AWESOME!!!! |$||$||$||$||$||$| ARRRROOOOOOOOoooooooooooo!!!!! |$||$||$||$||$||$||$||$||$| Keep it up! I'm so proud of ya Bosley! =D>
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