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Our girl in trouble

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summerholsdreamin Sun 30-Oct-16 18:39:15

We had a seemingly fit, healthy and bouncy 3 year old black lab.
Yesterday came downstairs to a dog virtually dragging her back legs behind her. No obvious physical trauma that could have happened during the night, apart from vomit next to her bed.

Got an emergency appt at our local vet who gave her a thorough check and said she had virtually no nerve response or feeling on her back legs.
Sent straight across to specialist clinic to be be seen by a neurologist who conducted an emergency MRI.

The diagnosis appears to be a fibrocatilaginous embolism (stroke), which we have no idea could have happened. Fortunately (or maybe not) surgery is not an option. She now needs to spend at least 5 days at the clinic with specialist physio and care to see if she regains strength.

Think I'm still in shock, This came totally out of the blue - no previous health problems or hip dysplasia. I have no idea what the prognosis is and am scared for her.

We have £4K in insurance so trying not to think of the cost at the moment - just hoping she makes a recovery.

Has anyone else come across this? Am hoping for some positive stories.

pklme Sun 30-Oct-16 19:00:14

So sorry, what a shame! I don't know if it's exactly the same, but my dog had something like this years ago, a stroke I think. She needed carrying in and out for a week or two, then gradually got better and had several more years after.

Floralnomad Mon 31-Oct-16 06:44:35

Poor dog and poor you ,what a shock . Unless you have a large amount of money outside of the 4K I would be getting an estimate of the cost today before the bill starts growing , I know it sounds mercenary but you do need to be on top of the costs .

summerholsdreamin Mon 31-Oct-16 19:09:17

She's home! Apart from a slight stumble getting up you'd never know anything had happened.

MRI showed small embolism on her spine but now appears to have all but disappeared. One months house rest and daily physio but no further treatment needed. Encouragingly it doesn't increase risk of happening again.

£1500 but covered by insurance.

Thank you for your replies smile

Floralnomad Mon 31-Oct-16 19:41:51

Great news OP .

Noitsnotteatimeyet Tue 01-Nov-16 06:59:06

Phew! You must be feeling very relieved - any idea what caused it?

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