Nicky needs our Prayers-Intervertebral Disc Disease

How can one day be great and the next disasterous. Sunday morning Nicky was fine, playing ball and having fun. By Sunday evening he was walking funny, his rear legs were not moving very well. He could only sit with his head up. This morning Monday  it was worse. Took to vet at 9am took X-rays that showed he has a disc thats bulging and signs of sure pain. By 1:00 he could no longer walk on his rear legs. Not good.  I have to get an MRI done. But my questions is has anyone gone thru this, and if so what is the recovery rate on back surgery and do they have full use of legs or semi or none. I am trying to keep him comfortable and still. The vet did give him a shot and some steroids for now.

 Update: Tues afternoon

  MRI showed herniated disc and that it is bleeding out along the spinal cord. Not good. But they will operate and hope for the best. The surgery itself is about 4-5 hours long. OMG, and will be a very delicate surgery. My wishes are that he pulls thru this major surgery and can walk, and if not fully walk , just a little bit.  That would be the best Mothers Day gift i could receive. To just hold him in my arms again. So this will be a long afternoon of waiting and prayers.

Thanks again for your thoughts and prayers and corgi paws crossed***:)


Update:  Nickey's out of surgery 4:00, Neurosurgeon said it went well they cleaned out the area and stopped the bleeding. Was a 4 1/2 hour operation. His incision is 12 inches long. I can;t imagine seeing something like that on a dog. He will stay there for 2 days. She said that therapy will be very important and critical for his recovery. We still won't know how effective the surgery was until he wakes up and do some tests on any feeling that he has, also will take some time for the swelling to go down i imagine. I can't wait to see him. I can't imagine the pain he will be in when he wakes up. For now, he is very sedated till tomorrow.

UPDATE: Wed Night--- Just came from visiting Nicky at the hospital. Looks so sad.  They were showing me how to expell his bladder. Its not that easy.  The news is Nicky is not showing any signs of deep pain feeling. Or when the doctor ran her fingers along his spine, he did not flinch at all. I was hoping for some good signs. None at all at this time. I sure hope he comes around, i feel so bad for him. Looking for a good rehab for canine now.

THURS 5/10--Went to visit with Nickey. Sad to say no deep pain feeling as yet :( . Gotta keep positive.  Practiced expressing his bladder. Then sat with him and massaged his toes and hips and legs. Might bring him home Sunday. With surgery and hospital stay and MRI  i have surpassed $8000.00. Yikes. I am almost maxed out on credit card. But i will do whatever it takes for him. Gonna have to come with something. Maybe have a garage sale. We still have rehab ahead of us. I just pray for him, that he can get some feeling back.



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Hope all is well with Nickey.

Piper and I are sending Nicky some corgi love for a quick and hearty recovery!!

Hi Rebecca, Nickey is on my prayer list, lets hope for good outcome and a speedy recovery.

I hope he has a speedy recovery!

Sorry to hear the latest update, but frequently the situation improves once the inflammation and swelling start to subside. Sending good vibes your way. Hope Nicky recovers or at least can be comfortable.

I'm so sorry, IVDD scares the heck out of me. There is a blogger I follow who recently had a dog undergo surgery for IVDD, I don't know if it will help you but she does talk about the type of rehab and things she did after his surgery:

Thank you for the update. Nicky continues to be in my prayers and am praying for a speedy recovery.

recover/get well soon! Think good thoughts! :)

How is he doing?   I hope better...

I found this link......  If you skip down to pt and crate rest it provides some great insight into the healing process following surgery and has some very encouraging information regarding deep tissue pain etc.  Very informative.  Hang in there!!!  Hugs to Nicky!  ^,,^

Sorry to hear about Nicky, good luck.  Sending prayer your way!

Will you bring Nickey home tomorrow then Rebecca? I am sorry that you didn't get the news you were hoping for... The cost of these unexpected things add up quickly!!!!!!


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