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jcj528
2nd April 2008, 07:42 PM
Tomorrow is not going to be easy for us. I would like to ask for your thoughts and prayers as we go through it.

Ziggy is being neutered and while I know its very easy on a male, I'm still afraid that something could go wrong and I could lose him. He's my baby, he was all but born into my hands, I couldn't love him anymore if he was the finest example of a Cavalier on the planet instead of just being Ziggy. His surgery is scheduled for 11:00 am so if you could send good thoughts and prayers his way then I would appreciate it.

At the same time Ziggy is on the table, I'll be with my beloved corgi Zack while he's evaluated for a potentially debiliating condition. He's going to be seven years old on April 13th so he's not an old dog, but his front legs seem to be collapsing underneath him. I may well have to face life expectancy and quality of life issues for him tomorrow. So I would ask your thoughts and prayers for him . . . and me . . . tomorrow as well.

Thanks ya'll

ourempire
2nd April 2008, 07:46 PM
Hi Julie. All my thoughts and prayers go to you and your Zack and Ziggy. :hug:

ice-cavi
2nd April 2008, 07:56 PM
My best wishes for you and the 2 Z's tomorrow.:hug::hug:

Daisy's Mom
2nd April 2008, 08:36 PM
My goodness -- you do have a lot on your plate. I will definitely send you my thoughts and prayers. Please try not to fester about the neutering. I bet the percentage of complications is incredibly low, let alone something really serious!

Good luck with everything!

Elaine 2
2nd April 2008, 09:02 PM
Sending all the good vibes l can muster for your boys tomorrow, they'll both be in my thoughts and you too, l know it's a rotten time when the bairns are in the vets but I'm sure they'll be just fine :xfngr:

Nicki
2nd April 2008, 09:26 PM
Will be thinking of you tomorrow Julie - perhaps you'd like to add them both to the Paws Across the World section? here http://board.cavaliertalk.com/showthread.php?t=22795

BevR
2nd April 2008, 10:55 PM
Will be thinking of you tomorrow Julie, hope all goes well for them both

Karlin
2nd April 2008, 10:57 PM
Best thoughts for both of your doglets and for you tomorrow. :flwr:

pippa
3rd April 2008, 12:15 AM
Best wishes for you all tomorrow..

Cathy T
3rd April 2008, 02:12 AM
Will be thinking of you Julie and wishing you the best.

jld
3rd April 2008, 02:28 AM
Will be thinking of you and keeping my fingers crossed for you all. judy and dixie

KimNIndy
3rd April 2008, 02:34 AM
we'll be thinking of you two! please keep us updated.

Lani
3rd April 2008, 02:39 AM
:xfngr: best of luck to you tomorrow

hbmama
3rd April 2008, 03:38 AM
Lots of prayers and good wishes for both Ziggy and Zack, and hugs for you and your family too!!! :hug:

karenc
3rd April 2008, 09:13 AM
Thinking of you all today. Hope all goes well.:lotsaluv:

Sue.k
3rd April 2008, 11:58 AM
Hope everything goes well, thinking of you :luv:

Justine
3rd April 2008, 12:19 PM
Dont worry,everything will go OK.

Cathryn
3rd April 2008, 12:21 PM
Will be thinking of you all today Julie, am sure that all will go well! :hug: :flwr:

jcj528
4th April 2008, 12:29 AM
We're home! As you all predicted everything went fine for Ziggy. Things are more complicated for Zack, but he's home, too.

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers today.

pippa
4th April 2008, 12:31 AM
Glad to hear it.

hbmama
4th April 2008, 01:52 AM
Oh, I am so happy that Ziggy's neuter surgery went well, and will continue to keep Zack in thoughts and prayers for a full recovery too!!!

Nicki
4th April 2008, 10:19 AM
So glad they are both home, really hope Zack will be ok - have you put him in Paws across the world?

Cathryn
4th April 2008, 10:32 AM
Glad to hear you have them both back home safe and sound, hope that Zack recovers nicely for you, sending positive healing vibes your way!! :hug: :hug: :flwr:

Caraline
4th April 2008, 10:55 AM
Glad to hear that Ziggy's neuter went well. I hope things brighten up for Zack too. :flwr:

Elaine 2
4th April 2008, 08:06 PM
Pleased to hear Ziggy and Zack are both home now :rah:

jcj528
5th April 2008, 10:53 PM
Thanks again everyone! Your thoughts, prayers and vibes have certainly been benefical for both my boys.

Ziggy continues to do well. I have cut back on the pain meds and he seems to be pretty much the same as usual. He does not like the cone, but that's pretty normal, I would think. He's sleeping in the Den with me right now, so the cone and discomfort are not plaguing him too much.

Okay now for Zack the Corgi. It was determined that the damage to his pasterns has come about from a lifetime (well, almost seven years anyway) of being an exuberant corgi. Every time he has jumped off the bed or the couch or done one of his signature little leaps, he has compromised both his wrists. When he was heavier a few years ago, he probably started the damage. The tests done on Thursday showed that his right wrist is completely broken down in the second joint space. The damage to his left wrist is not so bad but is probably only just a little better.

That's the end of the bad news. Now for the good news:

Almost immediately the following problems or complications were ruled out

1. Zack does not have DM (its a corgi degenerative disease)
2. The situation in his wrists has nothing to do with the back injury he suffered (I dropped him) as a very young puppy
3. It also has nothing to do with the head/injury Zack suffered the night Liesl died. (I was crying so loud that he ran full force into a wall and knocked himself out.)
4. The thing that really most worried me: His wrists will not break as the angle of his paterns gets closer and closer to 90 degrees. He will be in more pain should that ever be the case, but he was shown to have a high pain tolerance so I'm not too concerned about that.

So where do we go from here:

1. There is some hope that by changing his "lifestyle," I can keep the damage from progressing that far. All I have to do is keep him from jumping off any furniture and do my best to limit his native exuberance so his wrists can rest. I also have to take another 4 or 5 pounds off him.
6. He's not going on any pain meds right now. I want to keep those for when he really needs them
7. There is a surgical intervention that could be done if it becomes more necessary. It is way too expensive for me at an estimated $2,200. per wrist. Plus as it fuses the wrist I really don't want to put Zack through both surgeries. Also there is actually some chance that it will not do much to make Zack any more comfortable or to significantly increase his longevity. So for now its off the table, but if Zack should get very much worse in a very short period of time, it could still be done.

The plan for now is to continue his diet and limit his access to things he can jump up on and down from. I am also going to get him some type of support while we are out on walks. In addition, I hope to take him to Ziggy's trainer and see if he can help me teach Zack to keep all four feet on the ground at all times. (Yeah, right, she sighs)

I know you are all wishing Zack and me well as we try to adapt to our new situation. I can't thank you enough for all your thoughts, prayers and vibes.