Dear Dogster reader,
Almost two years ago, we invested numerous resources and rebuilt the Dogster community. With new hardware, software and personnel, we did our best to satisfy the many users who shared their thoughts, pictures, questions, and love for and of their pets with us and friends. It was a thriving community with many users. We hoped, however, there would be more like you.
Times and habits have changed and we are sad to announce that the Dogster community will be closing down on July 20, 2019.
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Thank you for your support and we look forward to serving you through our magazine and website.
On Friday March 18, I noticed Remington was having a hard time walking. I took him to the vet Saturday morning and was shocked when I was told he had a herniated disc in his back. We came home Saturday on prednison and tramadol for pain and strict bed rest. He did very well and even seemed to be getting better. On Wednesday March 23, Remington started dragging his back legs and wasn\'t able to walk or even urinate by himself. I immediately rushed him back to the vet and was told we had to get him to a neurologist before he lost deep tissue pain. We drove the two hours to the Veterinary Hospital at Iowa State University. We were told that he needed surgery as the only option besides being put down. Remy is only 5 and they told us the odds of him recovering were around 92%. He wasn\'t supposed to have surgery until Friday March 25th, but on Thurday morning I recieved a call from the hospital saying his condition was worsening and he was starting to lose deep tissue pain. They did a CT scan and found where the compression of his spine was and then went straight into surgery. He came through the surgery and almost immediately making small progress. He was awake and eating my midnight. The nurses still had to express his bladder for him though. We were told that he probably wouldn\'t be able to urinate on his own until at least the 28th or 29th. I recieved a call from the nurse last night and she sounded excited. Remy started urinating on his own last night and has been showing minimal movement in his back feet and legs! This experience has been so stressful and heartbreaking but the staff at the University Hospital has done everything they can to help us deal with it all. They are so wonderful! I am anxiously waiting for the evening call from the nurse for the update on Remy\'s progress today! They are supposed to be talking about when he may be able to come home! Has anyone ever gone through this surgery and rehabilitation process? Is there anything we can do at home to help Remy with his rehab? I would love to hear any and all suggestions!!!