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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!)

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

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

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 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.

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.

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

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

thanks you - always good to hear a good outcome!

she will be 9 in September.

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 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.

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

Will do - vets again Mon morning.

Aw, brilliant smile Keep us updated.

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

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

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.

How's she doing, caz?

alicetrefusis Wed 24-Apr-13 20:35:25

Oh that is encouraging smile Hope it continues to improve. What a brave and good girl you are, Fizz!

EasyToEatTiger Tue 23-Apr-13 20:08:14

Thinking of you.

cazboldy Mon 22-Apr-13 15:47:14

the dc have been very good so far. They love her, and her them. Has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for us all, as every time we have taken her to the vets they have said good bye, not knowing if she would come back.

I think if the worst does happen, at least they will know we have done all we could for her, and I really think it's them that is making her want to get better smile

Mother2many Mon 22-Apr-13 15:40:42

hugs going to you....

How are your children dealing with it? Do they help you?

throckenholt Mon 22-Apr-13 15:01:12

sending good vibes for further improvement. smile

cazboldy Mon 22-Apr-13 12:03:49

alicetrefusis money is a major part, but not the only thing - the vet herself said she wouldn't recommend it - it may not work, and there is nothing to stop it recurring. Anyway things have progressed somewhat from that point. We are now sure it is a spinal stroke rather than a slipped disc.

have been to the vet this morning. We have been agonising all weekend and swinging between what to do, but yesterday i was convinced when I helped her wee she could feel it. She is also moving her tail, although it is hard to know if it is something she means to do iykwim.

anyway, had left it that if no improvement vet would come here and pts (as they were already out on a routine visit at the farm this morning, but would be a different vet to the one we have been seeing), I had also made an appt in case of any improvement. I felt sure the vet would still say pts, but wanted her seen again to put my mind at rest. I couldn't be sure if I was just hoping so much for improvement that I was seeing some where there was none.

BUT - The vet agreed with me and thinks she may have some feeling back in her toes!!

We have agreed to carry on as we are for another week, and after that as long as improvements continue. I also have some physio exercises to do with her.

It will be a long slow thing, and full recovery is unlikely, but if she can walk around here I would be thrilled with that!

Far from certain yet, but am definitely feeling a little more hopeful! smile

Thanks so much for all your good wishes xx

alicetrefusis Sun 21-Apr-13 17:50:37

Oh goodness so sorry to hear this. I too have a BC at my feet and can't imagine what you must be going through.

I don't wish to pry, but if it's money that's preventing the surgery option, is there any way you could fund raise for her ( though I know you are PG too..)

Wishing for a miracle for you.

TwllBach Sat 20-Apr-13 22:07:40

I can't help, OP, but I just wanted to say that I'm thinking of you and your poor dog. I've got a collie lying on the floor in front of me and wouldn't know what to do in your position. I'm so sorry, OP sad

bassetfeet Sat 20-Apr-13 22:02:13

How are things with you and your dear Fizz ? A lurker but very aware how you must be feeling . Collies are unique .

cazboldy Sat 20-Apr-13 15:19:15

*severe case

cazboldy Sat 20-Apr-13 15:19:01

Not sure she is happy - i think she feels a bit confused by it all bless her. The vet said if it is neurological and hasn't shown significant improvement in a week then it won't.

also she is classed as a sever case as she has no deep pain reflex, so total block somewhere along her spine sad

throckenholt Sat 20-Apr-13 15:10:15


My gut feeling is if you are coping and she seems happy enough then give her longer to recover. If she seems really sad and you are struggling to cope as well - then it is time to call it a day.

We were lucky that our 8 year old collie recovered from the cruciate ligament - but a few years later when she suddenly (overnight) started voiding blood and looking really really sad we gave a day of rehydration at the vets, but when she was not improving a day or so later we decided she had had enough. Still miss her 3 years later, despite having other dogs.

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