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post #31 of 33
This is going to sound bizzar, but...

Have you considered chiropractic treatment for Zorro? The reason I ask is because my brother had a Cocker Spaniel and they are prone to a degenerative hip. At one time Max had a hard time walking and needed to be carried up and down the stairs and outside etc.

The only option they were given was either euthenasia or a very expensive surgery in another Province. My brother was loved Max and planned on spending whatever he needed to in order to help his dog, so he was going to go for the surgery.

However, my brother's girl friend goes to a chiropractor who also treats animals. And they decided to give that a try before the surgery to see if that worked. So she started to take Max in for treatments a few times per week, and after a few visits Max was able to walk again, and could even get up and down the stairs.

He improved for 3 or 4 years, but he had to be put down last year. He was quite old (15 I think), and the hip dysplasia started to return and his quality of life was declining.

A Chiropractor may be something you might want to consider. But also keep in mind it's not the quantity of life that matters, it's the quality of life that is important. So do what you think is best for your baby, but try to keep in mind that we tend to try and hang onto those we love out of purely selfish reasons, even if their quality of life is bad. I know you love your baby, but do what is best for him, not what is best for you

Originally Posted by gothicangel69 View Post
Well its been a long and stressful day. I just got back from the vets. The results are not very good, but they're better than I thought they would be.
The vet did ex-rays and a dopler pulse check in his rear legs. He said that the pulse and blood pressure in his hind legs are fine, but the ex-rays are the problem.
It turns out that Zorro has degenerative disk disease. Something thats not treatable, but the vet said that he could live with it for a few years longer until he'll need to be put down. The ex-rays showed that he has a collapsed disk in his back thats pinched and damaged the nerves. He's on Prednisone for the next month and has to be in a wire crate for the next week. He's not allowed to do any running or playing for the next 6 weeks, and he's not aloud to jump ever again.
The vet was really mad and upset with the other vet. He said that if that vet had ordered ex-rays immediately, then Zorro would have recovered 100%. He said that there's a good chance that he'll still be able to walk, but he'll probably have a limp for the rest of his life. We'll know in the next 3-4 days whether or not the medication will work.
Thank you all for the good wishes. I think they worked. At least now I know whats going on with him, even if its not the best of news. 'm just glad I didn't have to put him down today.
post #32 of 33
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I did consider chiropractic, but when I talked to her, she said that she usually doesn't do chiropractic on cats. I'm going to see how he does on the medication, then try the chiropractic if I'm not satisfied with the results.
I understand completely about quality of life and hanging onto the animal even though its sometimes not the best thing for them.
post #33 of 33
I do hope you look into the acupuncture for Zorro. The needles that are used are so fine he might not recognize them as needles at all.
It sounds as if he's doing much better; I'm so glad. I hope his recovery continues. Sending loads of (((healing vibes))) for your sweet boy.
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