|Barked: Mon Nov 12, '12 8:36am PST |
|Hi guys, I know it's been a while since I been on here, just alot going on in life I guess. So, Peter had surgery on halloween for a calicified disc in his neck (C2-3). He had an "episode" this past April that cleared up fairly quickly with the whole Prednisone, Tramadol, Sucralfate combo. He had X-Rays done that same day that showed the calcified disc also. He was crated and medicated and fine after a few weeks.
Fast forward to one Sunday morning in October and he just woke up walking very slowly and not moving his neck to look up or down or anywhere. I knew what this was. So, Sunday I kept him crated and gave him a tiny bit of baby aspirin and Monday we were off to the vet. Since his symptoms were the same in April, and we had X-rays to back it up, the vet just prescribed another cocktail in hopes that it would work equally as well. I was also hoping it would work. Well, days passed and nothing, Pred doses tweaked to highest dose, pain meds on board and nothing. He seemed to be better the following Saturday (the one before Halloween), but as soon as we came in from outside he couldn't move his neck, and was walking slowly again....
So, long story short the meds were not working this time around, so I had few options. Surgery, pain meds for life at high doses (since cervical issues can be very painful if not more than back issues at times), or euthanasia, which of course for me is not an option at all.
Peter had the surgery and it went great, all the calcified disc material was removed and he's been recovering and doing great.
My question is for those of you that have had any kind of IVDD/Cervical back surgery, what are the chances of reoccurence? I guess I'm kind of nervous the surgery didn't work or will not work.
And what lifestyle changes were made and did your dog resume normal activity after the 6 weeks strict post- op crate rest?
Pete is fired up and ready to go, but we are not even 2 weeks in with his crate resting.
Any info is appreciated
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