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.
Thank you Bev.
So sorry to hear this. I worry constantly as my two FRAP that one of them will get seriously hurt, but there really is no stopping them! I've never dealt with this issue with corgis, but saw it a lot in Dachshunds when I worked for vets. As I recall, sometimes cage rest would solve it, and sometimes surgery. Very important to keep them slim after this occurs, too.
Thank you Chris, how can you not let a Corgi play, thats their nature. Unfortunatley they suffer for it. So sad. Just like humans with sports and work.
Hi Rebecca, How old is Nicky?? There's lots of info out there. But if you friend Wendt Worth Corgis, Wendy is a virtual fount of information on corgi health and wellness. I'm sure she can give you some answers for the many questions you will have. Sending corgi healing vibes for Nicky...
Hi Cindy, thank you for your thoughts. Nicky will have surgery today after his MRI, as long as the MRI shows what they need to do. He definatley needed surgery within 48 hours. He was declining very fast. No feeling in toes this morning. They said once the deep pain feeling is gone, that is not a good sign for a full recovery. Hoping for the very best.
Went to Vet hospital last night. As he was declining pretty fast it was recommended that he have surgery within 48 hours. Hoping there is no major damage to the spinal cord. They say it is a ruptured disc. This morning they said his deep pain feeling was not there which is not a good sign. So they are hoping to get him into surgery right after his MRI. With no deep pain feeling this lessons his recovery to 50 50 they said. I hope they are wrong and can make him better. He will be 6 next month. Thanks every one for your thoughts and prayers. It sure helps to have such wonderful people on this great my corgi.
Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear that... I hope everything goes ok today.
Thank you Diane.
Lots of prayers going up for you all!
Thank you for your prayers.
How horrible for you and Nicky! I've not had to go through this with my three but we are keeping fingers, paws, feathers and claws crossed for Nicky that he's back to his normal self soon.
Thank you Ellen, i hope your corgis stay nice and healthy.