|Barked: Sun Sep 8, '13 7:28pm PST |
|Update: Capone is actually improving!
Physically, his left legs are still weak, but he's learned how to balance better on them. And the feeling appears to be returning. The vets both tested his feeling by rolling his paws forward so he was standing on his toes. Capone immediately fixed his right paws but didn't move his left paws. I was able to do the same thing at home for a couple of days, but now he corrects all four paws immediately. Even if I lightly touch his left paws while he's asleep, he moves them a little, which he was not doing a week ago, so I'm sure he felt it.
He still can't do stairs on his own or be trusted on the furniture anymore, which he's hating. But we've narrowed down a few places that he likes to sleep now and he seems to prefer the surface of our bath mat so I'm going to get a few more to lay in his new favorite spots.
He's also eating and drinking normally again. The elevated bowls helped him until he got some stability back, but as soon as he didn't need them, he went on strike until I brought the old bowls back. He so hates change.
Mentally is where I've seen the improvements that have lifted my spirits the most, though. A week ago, he was constantly circling to the right, bumping his head against walls and furniture and just standing there with his head pressed against the object, often looking confused and lost. He still has a tendency to circle a bit but it's not nearly as pronounced and he can turn left or walk straight for quite a ways as well. He hasn't run into anything head on in several days now, but will still occasionally bump a corner with his shoulder. However, he always corrects himself and keeps moving now. And the looks of confusion are far fewer.
He's not back to his old self yet, and I accept that he may never be, but it's such a relief that he's come this far this quickly.
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