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Last Week
« on: December 07, 2011, 10:05:43 AM »
Been a little quiet the past week because holy crap did the universe seem to believe it was lovingly tap Drew in the backside week.

Tuesday, Amy noticed that our sweetheart rescue pup was grunting in pain so when it continued Weds morning I took her to the vet.  Weds afternoon the vet noted that she was becoming paralyzed and recommended surgery. Turns out she suffers from a degenerative spine disease IVDD. So off to surgery she went.

While she was in recovery, LA was hit by massive windstorms. No serious damage to my place, but it sure turned everything loose! The mess still isn't completed. The city is striving to dig out before the rose bowl.

Now, the pup is back home, complicated pill schedule, exercises to do, strict crate rest and still no use of her back legs, s boo to that. Next week sutures come out and then she starts hydro therapy.

The lesson here is if you have a long and low dog, be careful with their backs!

Also, thank the maker that as bad as last week was, it wasn't worse!

The Pup in Question


Yesterday "Walking" in the Backyard


The backyard Thursday morning: (The morning before the foilage on the trees was dense enough to block out the other buildings!)


One of the many broken trees in the area:


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Re: Last Week
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2011, 10:21:27 AM »
Wow man, that is a tough week. 

A storm is one thing, but pet health and surgery is another! 
Very sad, but hopeful!!  She is a lucky little girl! 

Best wishes for her care and recovery.

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Re: Last Week
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2011, 10:22:58 AM »
Poor little pup...hope the puppy will be okay. Keep us posted.
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Re: Last Week
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2011, 10:25:02 AM »
I heard about those winds.  That's pretty intense!  Glad everything is okay. Have a beer.
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Re: Last Week
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2011, 10:34:38 AM »
All the best to you and your pup, buddy.  Glad to hear the winds didn't cause you much problem.
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Re: Last Week
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2011, 11:11:29 AM »
At least the homebrew is safe, that should help you get through.  Sorry about the troubles Drew.
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Re: Last Week
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2011, 11:33:48 AM »
Ouch! That looks like some serious surgery on that little pup. Sorry for the troubles but glad everyone is safe.
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Re: Last Week
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2011, 11:35:36 AM »
Rough week man! I'm glad to hear the pup is gonna be ok though. Hats off to you for going the extra mile for her. A lot of people wouldn't do that. A few years ago, Kayla broke her jaw. Cost us 3500$. Made me sick everytime someone questioned our decision to have her cared for. Good man, you are!!
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Re: Last Week
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2011, 11:45:12 AM »
The lovley and talented Ms. Tubercle - who is a vet tech - said this is common in some breeds and can have a high success rate but depends on how quickly it was caught, ie. before any real bad spinal damage was done. There is about 8 weeks of PT to recover but things should go well. Then she started talking in some kind of veternary hieroglyphics and I didn't understand anything after that but I'm pretty sure she was describing the surgery proccedure.

 I hope all turns out well.
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Re: Last Week
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2011, 12:01:49 PM »
Sorry to hear of the pup's woes. Hopefully she can make a full recovery. You didn't mention a tree crashing into the roof so guess you lucked out there. When I bought my house I cut down a diseased Arizona Ash that I could envision falling directly onto my dining room.
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Re: Last Week
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2011, 12:05:06 PM »
Made me sick everytime someone questioned our decision to have her cared for.

I only blinked for a second when they mentioned the cost and then said "I'll have to transfer funds first". We brought Cookie home last January and since then she's basically become my favorite thing in this world, so yeah.

I had one person made a taxidermy joke when I mentioned the cost. I considered it a high mark of restraint that I only made a brief sharp remark and left it at that instead of acting on my native instinct.

Ouch! That looks like some serious surgery on that little pup.

Yeah they cut off a piece of the spine to relieve the pressure and gain access to where the disc material had accumulated (hemilaminectomy) As Tubercle just mentioned, she's on crate rest for 8 weeks. Minimal movement, no walking, no lap sitting, no playing, nada. We got her into surgery just after she lost the reflex to rotate her foot, so we're hopefully. We're almost a week after surgery and she has bladder and bowel control and can purposefully wag her tail. Amy and I are doing her flexion exercises 5 times a day and we've both felt twitches like something's trying to fire.

When we take her out to pee (we don't have to express her) she seems annoyed with her back feet, but otherwise perfectly goofy. The other day she even tried to roll on her back for a belly rub (her favorite thing in the universe) much to our horror and sudden inexplicable freakout (to her at least)
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Re: Last Week
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2011, 12:08:14 PM »
You didn't mention a tree crashing into the roof so guess you lucked out there.

Nothing too serious, just that one piece you can see above the air conditioner. The real mess, besides the leaves and dead wood came from the tons of roofing tiles that we swept off my neighboring condo's roof. All over the yard and they scraped up my car too, but all told, everything done is more annoying than not and I'd gladly go through that again rather than what's happening with the pup.

ETA - correcting the spelling!
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Re: Last Week
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2011, 12:09:21 PM »
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Re: Last Week
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2011, 12:17:55 PM »
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Re: Last Week
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