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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-06-2009, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Sierra/cauda equina

She is getting x-rays and surgery to remove a small lump on her
front leg...

The vet says if it does turn out to be DM, there are some
holistic protocols she uses. (I was glad to hear that) One
dog she treated made it a year and a half and died from
something else...

I can't call to check on her until 3... I'm trying to do housework
to keep myself from being worried... not working too good!

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-06-2009, 04:31 PM
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Re: Sierra at the vet

take a deep breathe. have some ice cream or a cup of tea.

hang in there. think positive thoughts. i am.

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Re: Sierra at the vet

Oh Val, I had no idea that Sierra was having health problems. She is such a sweet, sweet girl. I will keep you all in my prayers and hope that this is something that she can easily recover from. Keep us posted.

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Re: Sierra at the vet

Val, I usually try to do house work when my dogs are at the vet for surgery to keep myself moving and not worrying.

Let us know how things went.

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ditto - G and Tilds have their paws crossed for Miss Sierra -- *its almost 3*

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Oh no, I hope Sierra doesn't have DM. Please do keep us updated.

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Re: Sierra at the vet

Sierra has lumbosacral stenosis (cauda equina). She hasn't
seemed painful at all, but I bet she's been hiding it. The vet
is going to give her Rimadyl. She wants me to keep up with her
walks, but she is limited now from the stairs and any jumping.

Her lump wasn't removed, apparently Sierra didn't respond very
well to anesthesia, so I will have to schedule another appt.
to have that done. I think Sierra was so overamped by being
there... when we tried to do the paw test in the office she
replaced them right away... we did take her and trot her around
outside so the vet did get to see her movement.

Anyone with experience with cauda equina, please tell me
about it, thanks.

I missed Sierra today more than I thought I would. Seeing her
toys all over got me. I get to pick her up in about an hour.

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Re: Sierra at the vet

I'm sorry to hear this Val. I did a little looking around on the web and found this site, which I thought was pretty interesting:

http://www.artreality.com/portfolio/...nasyndrome.htm

I want to check into this myself because Heidi has always had problems with her hindquarters as far as being very sensitive to touching or when she runs into us and hits herself there accidently. We've also been noticing a tiny bit of stumbling of the back legs every now and then.

The best of luck to you and Paul in finding how to best help Sierra in dealing with this problem. Thoughts and prayers are going out to you all.

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