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My poor lovely collie

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cazboldy Tue 16-Apr-13 17:14:24

has got a prolapsed disc.... sad

she was limping a bit yesterday, but not enough to make me overly concerned, thought she may have a bruised pad (couldn't see anything obviously wrong with it)

then when my dh got up this morning, he woke me and said she wouldn't go out with him like usual. (she sleeps at the side of the bed and usually goes with him in the mornings at about half 4 - he milks cows) but she comes back quickly (she's more of a family dog)

When I got up, she couldn't get up sad
she was trying, but it was as if she had lost the use of her back end sad

so i got the dc to school and took her to the vets.

They said 3 options - surgery (which just isn't feasible for us to even consider) and may not work anyway.

PTS sad

or give anti inflammortories for a week or 2 and hope she recovers with some rest and nursing ( though very slim chance )

I am so so sad.... and she knows it too bless her. They have said she is feeling no pain ( she is basically paralysed and also on the painkillers/anti inflammatories) so we just have to keep our fingers crossed and wait and see.

anyone had the same thing happen? (hoping for miracle stories!)

cazboldy Thu 25-Apr-13 17:12:30

really well! smile

she is getting around a bit (though dragging her back end) and is happy. She is really pleased with herself when she gets to where she wants to be, and when she is laying at my feet (like now) you wouldn't know there is anything wrong with her.

throckenholt Thu 25-Apr-13 21:12:33

smile Glad to hear she is making progress. Fingers crossed it keeps improving.

Aw, brilliant smile Keep us updated.

cazboldy Sat 27-Apr-13 18:40:09

Will do - vets again Mon morning.

cazboldy Tue 07-May-13 11:39:48


she is still with us, and week on week showing small progress.

She definitely flinched this morning when the vet pinched her toes smile

Vet really pleased with her overall condition and told us to continue what we are doing for now as her quality of life still seems good.

long term prognosis still guarded, but can't stop trying for her.

ginauk84 Tue 07-May-13 12:56:21

How old is she?

I too have seen a dog recover from this and it is quite a long drawn out process but they have got there in the end. So if you are seeing slight improvement I would probably leave it a bit longer before you make any decisions as I have heard it is a slow process, but it sounds like she is going in the right direction, fingers crossed for you!

cazboldy Tue 07-May-13 13:33:19

thanks you - always good to hear a good outcome!

she will be 9 in September.

JeeanieYuss Fri 10-May-13 09:59:56

I've got a collie cross, must of been awful to go through this, so glad she's on the mend smile

MagratGarlik Mon 13-May-13 08:48:30

Only just saw this, but my previous dog, a collie x got a prolapsed disc at about the same age. I came home one day and and to let him out, but he couldn't get himself up sad. The vet told us he had to rest and we should prepare for him to be PTS - we were devastated. However, after two weeks of complete rest and anti-inflammatories he started to re BG sin the use of his back end. The vet was amazed, but he had another 7 years of life after that (he lived to 16 years old).

I hope your collie recovers too.

MagratGarlik Mon 13-May-13 08:49:52

Gah, don't know what happened with some of the typing there, stupid phone. Should say he began to regain the use of his back end.

cazboldy Thu 16-May-13 10:52:12

ah thanks smile

good news is yesterday when the vet tested her pain reflex (by pinching her toes) she definitely reacted and flinched and tried to pull her legs away - so definitely some regain of feeling smile

MagratGarlik Thu 16-May-13 10:59:38

That's wonderful. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

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