Sundrop Posted January 12, 2016 Share Posted January 12, 2016 (edited) Hi all - our 8-year-old girl spent the day at the neurologist yesterday, getting a full exam and an MRI. She was resting on her bed the Sunday before Christmas, got up and yelped - we thought it was soft tissue, but when she appeared worse on Tuesday morning, we took her to the vet. After a couple vet visits because nothing was helping her, vet suspected FCE and we went to specialist. Turns out she has a slightly bulging disc (disc right before her tail begins) - but she saw no issues with her nerves and she said it was quite 'minor' - but she also saw some small remnants of a stroke. Nothing else at all - no tumors, nerves pinching, etc. She also reviewed her previous x-rays and found nothing out of the ordinary. So she's been dealing with this for over 3 weeks now, she has good days and bad days - but never really improves/gets worse. Currently, she is not using her back left leg. She's still able to pee/poo by herself, still has her appetite and can still get around. Today, she seems worse, she's having problems getting up/going down and she was very tentative in the yard this morning - she isn't putting any weight on that leg at all. Maybe because she was so sedentary yesterday? Which brings me to my questions... I am waiting this morning for the rehab guy to call me from the vet's office, as we were told rehab might help her. Does anyone have experience with rehab after a spinal cord stroke? I've read that "immediate" rehab is needed, and since we are over 3 weeks out, is there still hope for her? Also, since she has a bulging disc we are concerned - our neurologist said she would speak with the rehab guy, too and explain that she needed very gentle rehab. And, we are leaving for vacation tomorrow - which I am sick about. It's a family trip - my mother-in-law is paying for all of us to go to Vegas for 5 days as a late Christmas celebration. Not really something we can get out of without causing a lot of problems with our family. So, we canceled our original reservation with boarding (normal boarding place, we get a big suite for both of our dogs and they get lots of playtime). Our boy will still get a playtime situation - but we are struggling with what to do with Tilly. We can board her at the vet - in a normal 3.5x10 run (no outdoor run - so they would take her out on leash 3-4x per day and would be watched over by kennel staff) or we could board at the vet in their ICU (constant supervision, looked after by vet techs, etc. - but very chaotic, lots of sick/hurt animals and it would likely be very stressful for her). We wanted to do the vet boarding so she could begin rehab right away and be in a safer environment where they could watch her - but since no one is calling us back, we have no clue if they are recommending it or if it will even help her at this point. Or, do we board her at the boarding facility and wait until we are back (next Monday) to begin rehab? We could get the big suite for both dogs, and just have no playtime for her. Or, we can do individual runs so she doesn't have to worry about our boy knocking into her (he's kind of a big goofball who has no concept of physics). We also found out that the specialty clinic has medical boarding - but they have a more mellow/quiet environment and a small outdoor area where she could be off the leash for a little every day. But no rehab there. We are leaving in less than 24 hours, so I *have* to get something set up soon. I just want what is best for her, I don't care about cost. Finally - one more question - she has razor burn from getting shaved for the MRI yesterday. It is not a spot that she can lick, so I was wondering if aloe would be okay to put on that area to give her some relief and start the healing. Or is there something else better? She is really struggling to get around this morning, I am just sick about having to leave her right now. Edited January 12, 2016 by Sundrop Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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