|Barked: Sun Nov 10, '13 4:31pm PST |
|A year ago, my then 5 year old Coton slipped two discs and I made the decision to have surgery. The emergency room vet suggested putting him down but the surgeon gave him a 30% chance of regaining use of his hind legs. He was in the hopsital for 2 1/2 weeks and it took several months for us to get acclimateed to the change. He is paralized from the waist down but he is thriving and he is very happy and loving. The vet told me he would be happy regardless of whether he could walk. It would come down to whether I wanted and could take care of him.
The first several months were hard not know what to do or what to expect, but he got stronger every week and I found new routines. Once someone told me about Belly bands, things improved greatly as they were a great help as he cannot totally control his bladder. Also, I now keep him in restricted to a small area while I am not at home.
Thank you for taking the chance on your dog. The love they give is still the same. My boy now scoots with great speed and it is adorable to see him. He still enjoys life, playing fetch, and loves his family.
I believe stairs may have been a contributing factor. I have 11 stepes to get into my home and I've since heard that puppies should not do stairs while developing during their first year. Also, I believe I gave him too much space during the first year (he had full run of the entire house and I found out a neighbor was standing under the window teasing him several months before he became paraized. I believe the excitment of being teased and getting worked up contributed. He had back problems twice before the surgery and both times the vets gave him inflamatory meds but never counseled me on protecting him to ensure nothing worse happened. The evening I took him to the emergency room he was shaking and scared but this time he could not move. I would never have imagined anything so serious could result.
I am so glad you gave your Coton a chance. It does get easier and they get stronger each week. I have no regrets. He is a joy each day and still the boy I'd wanted for so long.
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