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please anyone who has dealt with Intervertebral Disc Disease

post #1 of 22
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Im sorry but this about my dog and i didnt know if i should post this in the lounge siance Jakes a dog i am so worried my heart is breaking i noticed jake wasnt the same lately starting slowing and he took his time when he would lay down I guess this happens in cats to im not sure so even that will help me on feed back


please anyone who has dealt with Intervertebral Disc Disease with there dog will you please pm me. I had to rush Jake to the vet today i was taking jake for a walk and he just gave out on me i thought i was going to half to carry him home when i got back to the house i rushed him to vet they took xrays and i found out that he has severe Intervertebral Disc Disease they gave me some medicine that will make jake more comforable but won't cure it.
and told me about a vet in mount pleasant who is a specialist Im scared to death Jake is 10 years old has anyone dealth with this if so how did things go? were they in pain

thank you
post #2 of 22
Rhonda, here is a website that might help you


http://www.gcvs.com/surgery/interver.htm
post #3 of 22
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Thank you Hissy
I went to that site and did some reading on this issue im not sure but it looks like i see Jake in the part about LUMBOSACRAL (Low Back) the vet said it was in the lowere back My husband and I are going back up there at 3pm tommorow so he can expalin to ron and were going ask about the specialist in mount pleasant right now jake is lying down we just gave him his first dose of PREDNISONE 50mg i don't know how long it takes to show some kind of sign
post #4 of 22
Oh i'm so sorry to hear this RockinRhonda, I hope all turns out well for you and your fur family. My prayer are w/you guys too! HUGS to you
post #5 of 22
I would contact the specialist. There may be a surgical solution. I know a dachsund that has made a full recovery after surgery.
post #6 of 22
My neighbour who has two dashounds has one with displasia. It seems the breed is predisposed to it - I can conmenserate with her, having serious vertebrae problems of my own (my thoracic vertebrae either missing and those that were there were fused when I was born so they had to be cut apart and refused with hardware later in life. It's a long story and I won;t bore you with it , lots of chronic pain and more surgery- I sort of grew up in hospitals so it is small wonder I am at home in them, lol). My neighbour consults a specialist athe closest vet school - 3 hrs away and her dog has had some surgeries and she has special ways in which her pooch can get up to the bed without jumping and this hurting his back. It is also one of the reasons she has a stroller for him - so she walks her guys and I walk YY and the Spjynx Girls, lol

I think seeing a specialist is a wise option - hope they can find the best treatment for him. Good luck!!!! I'll keep you in my thoughts.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Dr. Doolittle
I would contact the specialist. There may be a surgical solution. I know a dachsund that has made a full recovery after surgery.
Thank you Im going up there tommorow to talk to are local vet and see about making a Trip to mount pleasant next week and were going to take it from there i just hope that i dont loose jake
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by CyberKitten
My neighbour who has two dashounds has one with displasia. It seems the breed is predisposed to it - I can conmenserate with her, having serious vertebrae problems of my own (my thoracic vertebrae either missing and those that were there were fused when I was born so they had to be cut apart and refused with hardware later in life. It's a long story and I won;t bore you with it , lots of chronic pain and more surgery- I sort of grew up in hospitals so it is small wonder I am at home in them, lol). My neighbour consults a specialist athe closest vet school - 3 hrs away and her dog has had some surgeries and she has special ways in which her pooch can get up to the bed without jumping and this hurting his back. It is also one of the reasons she has a stroller for him - so she walks her guys and I walk YY and the Spjynx Girls, lol

I think seeing a specialist is a wise option - hope they can find the best treatment for him. Good luck!!!! I'll keep you in my thoughts.
Thank you cyberkitten im sorry to hear about your hard time with being sick while growing up i hope things are going better for you if you would like to share more with me you can pm me anytime ive always got a open ear and a shoulder to lean

post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Catwoman70
Oh i'm so sorry to hear this RockinRhonda, I hope all turns out well for you and your fur family. My prayer are w/you guys too! HUGS to you
Thank you catwoman for your prayers
post #10 of 22
My daughters male basset had it he was 10 years old at the time, he had surgery on it about 2 years ago. he was in pretty bad shape, They rushed him to there regular vet because he couldn't stand up or hardly move at all, and she told them I can make you an appoinment for the specialist but you need to take him now, the vet they took him to was a specialist, only does back things I guess, and he told them he would not do the surgery if he thought he couldn't make a difference, and he's doing great now, It was tough on him for a few weeks after.It was pretty pricey but my daughter and son-in-law didn't care how much it was.
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by halfpint
My daughters male basset had it he was 10 years old at the time, he had surgery on it about 2 years ago. he was in pretty bad shape, They rushed him to there regular vet because he couldn't stand up or hardly move at all, and she told them I can make you an appoinment for the specialist but you need to take him now, the vet they took him to was a specialist, only does back things I guess, and he told them he would not do the surgery if he thought he couldn't make a difference, and he's doing great now, It was tough on him for a few weeks after.It was pretty pricey but my daughter and son-in-law didn't care how much it was.
Thanks halfpint
That makes me feel a little better tonight hearing your story i cant thank you enough Im going to stay strong on this i will keep ya'll updated on this

post #12 of 22
I'm sorry about Jake, Rhonda. Dr. Doolittle's story sounded promising If you are waiting on Predisone to kick it it won't be immediate. It is a steroid and takes a while to get into your system to do something that you will notice. Get well soon, Jake
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by captiva
I'm sorry about Jake, Rhonda. Dr. Doolittle's story sounded promising If you are waiting on Predisone to kick it it won't be immediate. It is a steroid and takes a while to get into your system to do something that you will notice. Get well soon, Jake

Thanks captive
its about 6:30 am jake just woke up ron picked him up and put him on the floor Jake ate a good breakfast seems to be doing ok this morning but not him self i think yesturday was the first day he showed the real signs of being sick the vet said this must have been comming on for the past several months and all of a sudden it shows up
im ok im haning in there
post #14 of 22
Rhonda - so sorry to hear about Jake! I've had spinal problems in my dogs but all arthritus related. Prednisone takes a little bit to kick in to so hang in there. If they are on it long term (as 2 of mine were), they can plump out pretty quick. Since they can't be as mobile as they used to and the extra weight adds stress on them, you may want to talk to your vet now about getting Jake on a lowered calorie diet.

*hugs*
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
Rhonda - so sorry to hear about Jake! I've had spinal problems in my dogs but all arthritus related. Prednisone takes a little bit to kick in to so hang in there. If they are on it long term (as 2 of mine were), they can plump out pretty quick. Since they can't be as mobile as they used to and the extra weight adds stress on them, you may want to talk to your vet now about getting Jake on a lowered calorie diet.

*hugs*
Momofmany,

how are your dogs doing now? Im so torn up over this when i think im feeling good i look at Jake and i start to hurt we all want so much for are pets to be well and live a good life Its times like this when we feel useless im going to ask the vet about a lowered calorie diet (Thank you for the info) ive been online looking for some dog steps so Jake can get up in bed and on the sofa thats where he likes to go and look out the window there so exspentive
jakes worth it to me if he has to half surgey this will cost me im hoping the closing on my Dads place will be ready next week money is tight right now ive been out of work 4 weeks now cause of my surgey and im starting my new job on the 21st i just got to hang in there
post #16 of 22
The 2 dogs that I had spinal problems with crossed many years ago. Jethro lived with his arthritus for many years and we would switch his meds on a regular basis so that he didn't build up an immunity to them, and many of the meds cause stomach irritation so we changed them so that they wouldn't damage his stomach. Nita unfortunately was 10 months old when she first showed signs of arthitus and her spine fused into an arch by the time she was 4 years old - it was a genetic problem and we lost her young.

Buying steps is really expensive. Do you have a handy person that can make you a set out of wood? They're not hard to make and buying scrap wood is cheaper than buying them ready made. You can carpet the tops of the steps with scrap carpet from a carpet store (sometimes they give away their old carpet samples or sell them for a $1). I will tell you that Jethro had no problem going up the full staircase in my house - a little tentative on the way back down but stairs fortunately didn't bother him.
post #17 of 22

I'm sorry poor Jake is going through this - I hope a specialist can help him feel better quickly. It's so hard to see your baby in pain.

Our 10-year-old mixed breed dog Petey has a pinched disc in his neck, but the vet didn't think he was a candidate for surgery, so he was just treated with meds and confinement. The day it happened a few years ago, it just about broke my heart...he couldn't move without crying out in pain. After a few days of confinement and meds he improved quite a bit, though he'll never be quite as active as before. He used to be able to jump our 6 1/2 foot wooden fence, which is probably how he hurt himself.

He's OK now most of the time, but he will yip if he turns his head too quickly, and we have to be careful not to let him jump. He has a hard time getting up in the morning, but he's fine now once he gets up & starts moving around. He takes an anti-inflammatory medication regularly, and it seems to help quite a bit. We also give him a glucosamine supplement, and we watch his weight carefully to keep him slim.

Sending prayers for your sweet Jake to get better soon
post #18 of 22
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hey everyone,

I wanted to give you a update on jake we saw the vet today me and my husband that is to follow up on jake Its not good news the Dr Boswell said siance the condition is pretty well in to a stage of LUMBOSACRAL (Low Back) that there is not much they can do its got alot of empty gaps in between the Intervertebral im not a vet so its hard to explaine this but hers the link if anyone would care to see cause this can happen to cats and dogs and humans http://www.gcvs.com/surgery/interver.htm Hissy gave me the link

Im truly sick to my stomach over this i fill like im dying inside again my husband went to lowes today and were building a Dog ramp for jake to be able to get in Bed so when the time comes and hes unable to get around this will help and we want jake to get use to it.

I don't belive hes in any pain right now The doctor said cause of his age the surgey may not help or worse he could be paralyzed or he may not make it well im going to get off this subject cause it hurts to much right now ( one day at a time )

i want to truly thank each everyone of you for your prayers and concerns
and giving me feed back on this cause i just need to know how this is going to effect me and jake alot of you are foster parent so i know some of you have dealth with sick kittys before thanks again
post #19 of 22
I'm so sorry about Jake, Rhonda . I hope this specialist can do the trick- it sounds like there is definitely hope there. Please keep us posted and I will keep Jake in my prayers.
post #20 of 22
So sorry thatb the news was not good. Did the vet suggest glucausamine? Ironic tho it may seem, it has been proven in peer reviewed studies that this supplement axtually can not just help pain but help the joints. This may be less brae so with vertebrae (I know of no credible studies involving vertevae and glucausamine but there may well be some - it does not work for me but I am not a dog, lol AND it is indicated for moderate, not severe pain.

It is a very good idea to build a ramp now. It will actually help his spine if he does not have to bend or walk in ways that affect the lumbar vertebrae. It's also good he is not in pain - that is very positive! (A silver lining if you will).

Take care! I'll keep you both in my thoughts!
post #21 of 22
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hi Guys and Gals,

Just wanted to give you a update on Jake he seems to being doing ok right now except last night for the first time in 10 years he went pee on the carpet i think its from all the medicine it really makes Jake go to the bathroom alot so i was up on line looking at Simple Solution Diaper Garment im going to see if i can find it around here some where
I bought Jake a big fleese blanket for dogs he loves it and has been sleeping on it for two days now my husband finished the ramp on saturday jake has been using it to get in bed ok guys and gals just wanted to let you know how Jake was today
post #22 of 22
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not a good day with Jake he's not moving very much hes real quite I'm really scared for him I don't understand because for the past week or so hes been doing pretty good some what anyway been eating real good But he's has to go out to pee so much its unreal,I am concren about the medicine(Predisone) he's taking cause he breathie's hard and always pantene real hard If he's not any better this after noon im taking him to the vet and that scare's me because i don't want the vet giving me anymore bad news
seems like when all things start to go well for me something bad happen's i'm really scared
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