March 31st 2006 9:29 pm
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We didn't have the private message thingamajig set to email us when a note came in...so sorry to those of you who wrote asking about Noodle's surgery.
Well. As of this date she hasn't had her surgery because a weird and very expensive medical issue came up and I want to share it with ALL small dog owners.
Stairs and your dog. You think they've mastered them. Beware.
Noodle was the mistress of the stairs. She could proudly go up and down them even though they were almost as tall as she was. Each step was carefully taken by her discriminating little feet.
One day I came home from work and I noticed she was acting funny. This was Dec 21st. I remember this date because the holidays were in full swing. She was wimpering and shivering and wouldn't move. After a precursory examination I couldn't find anything wrong so we rushed to the emergency vet. After a substantial bill that only included pain medication, we left without much help. The meds made her loopy but made her seem better. Monday rolled around and since the meds didn't "fix" the problem, I took her to our normal vet.
After xrays he determined that she had a pinched nerve in her neck between her shoulders. Nothing I could think of could do this so I am going to assume she tried to come down the stairs one day, slipped a step and pinched a nerve.
PEOPLE. Please don't take your little dog's mastery of the stairs lightly. Poor Noodle was out of commission for 4 weeks. She had to be confined all day(poor thing HATED that) and at night, she was in a box with a pillow to restrict movement. The drugs helped her heal by relieving pain, but it was a long long expensive process.
Becareful out there! If you can bar your dogs from going up the steps (like I do now) and take them up and down yourself, you've save yourself a lot of heartache.
As for her surgery to remove that mammary tumor, that's on hold until we get enough money. That pinched nerve wiped our doggie savings out temporarily. But don't worry, Doc says it's not hurting her and it isn't growing.
Noodle sends her love. She's back to her spunky self!
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