I feel like I haven't slept in two days.
Brief history, no problems up until Wednesday night. I was in the back of the house and heard barking then a yelp, came out, everyone seemed fine. A couple hours later I find Ozzy laying in the diningroom seeming to be in discomfort, so I took him for a walk, poop and pee fine, bit of a whine when lifting his leg, I thought he pulled something chasing a cat........ Later that night yelps becoming more frequent as he moves around, first thing Thursday morning get him into the closest vet with imaging. They sedated him, did X-Rays and feel that he has Lumbosacaral Disease, of course nothing will really be known until we do the MRI, but the vet has sent the X-Rays to the University of Guelph.
I know very little about this disease, but what I have researched suggests return to normalcy is possible. So I want to know, since this is supposed to be prevalant in GSD's if anyone else has experienced or worked with this issue, have people been successfully able to avoid surgery using a chiropractor or acupuncture. Is a lifetime of meds what we have to look forward to?
Right now he's on a course of antibiotics, and cavolix (sp?) I didn't write it down this morning before I left. 10 days and at the same time he's supposed to do no stairs and have as much rest as possible. So we're doing potty breaks every three hours.
I'm having copies of the X-Rays sent to my regular vet as well as the University, I'm going to take him to a chiropractor next Thursday and of course I have been harassing the vet's office
They learned pretty quickly if you say you are calling me in an hour, you better call me in an hour because I will just show up and demand answers. Or call you every five minutes until I get answers. (Oh yes, I am one of those doggy moms)
So, suggestions, places I can look for answers, I tried searching on this board, but I'm useless at it......
One amusing thing, if you can find one....... Dh and I had a disagreement this weekend about a door, we have a door that is from the diningroom to the stairs and landing to access the basement. I wanted the door taken off, I thought it was a stupid place for a door, dh disagreed with me, had I not been very busy with spring cleaning, I might have removed it myself, but reframing is a bit beyond my scope of renovation work
Last night I thanked goodness, with Ozzy all doped on morphine and whatever else they gave him (his yelps are like a baby's cry) that the door was there because when I was attending to the other animals I could shut him off and make sure he didn't go down stairs. We're taking him out the front because it's two gradual stairs to the ground wheras the side is three steeper stairs and a small landing. So the door is still there, without the loss of heat to the basement when the stove isn't on the house is warmer (upstairs at least) and since Ozzy has never been crated he can still have the run of the upstairs, although we are getting black-out shades today and heavier drapes so he cannot see anthing outside and run or move too quickly.
We also have taken Jolly Ball away - JB wasn't supposed to be in the house, but dh is a sucker and good luck getting JB away from Ozzy when he's feeling well.
The vet did say it's very rare for it to appear so suddenly and so acutely.