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Jasperxxgabby
1st July 2011, 02:35 PM
Jasper developed sudden paralysis in his hind legs and last Tuesday - 21st June, his vet referred him to a center in Birmingham where a consultant was waiting for him, he had an emergency MRI scan and Spinal Decompression Surgery. What had happened to Jasper was a disc which had gradual degeneration, ruptured, resulting in the disc material herniating upwards into the spinal canal and putting pressure on the spinal cord. The MRI showed a a wide area of cord compression on the right running from the 1st to 3rd lumber vertebrae. Jaspers spinal cord has been decompressed by a "hemilaminectomy" where a window of bone was removed from over his spinal cord allowing the disk material to be removed. The MRI showed he as degeneration in other disks.

Its been a horrible time to put it mildly, on the Tuesday morning when I took him to my vets I thought that was it for Jasper, after phone conversations between the vet and the consultant Jasper was given a 60-70% chance, when we got to Birmingham and the consultant examined Jasper he said that Jasper did have sensation in in hind legs, he then gave Jasper 90% chance of success. Since we have got Jasper home its been up and down, he as progressed to the point where he can actually stand and support his weight for a short time then he sits down, we have made a 4ft by 4ft kennel for him and he will actually walk in it(wobbly for a short time) and he shuffles himself in his bed to get himself comfortable, It was brilliant and a relief when he done his first poo, 6 days after his operation, he as a sling called a quick life and he is allowed outside four times a day up to four minutes a time, the sling supports his back end and he move really quickly and he loves it, it was funny in a sad way when he first attempted to cock his leg to wee. Then the realisation of the situation hits me and its like a smack in the face the state my beautiful little boy is in. I know his recovery will take weeks or months. Jasper is due to see the consultant again in two weeks time up in Birmingham or sooner if needs be, he is in the care of his usual vet and he had his stitches out today, yesterday evening Jasper developed diarrhea so he having treatment for that and they have changed his painkillers, poor thing is unwell today as if he's not got enough to deal with.

So there you are, I'm on a bit of a downer about it all at the moment, the guilt in me is just winning the optimistic side of me for the time being, I hope that Jasper will recover and that he will be out walking and enjoying himself, he as always been an outdoor dog, he would walk all day if he was could, and its just so sad I could scream about it all. Its like a part of him as gone its hard to explain and i am rambling now sorry if I seem doom and gloom its just, I dont know.

sunshinekisses
1st July 2011, 02:46 PM
Hugs to you. Just keep the end goal in mind when you see him in such distress right now. In a few months he will be running around in the garden like he should!

Karlin
1st July 2011, 03:05 PM
Wow what a terrible series of events. The vet though has given very good odds for him but these recoveries can be long -- and it sounds to me like he is doing really well! Keep the faith and see how he does. :flwr: And keep in mind that there are wonderful little carts made for dogs that support their hind legs and even dogs with no walking ability left can fly around, on grass, the beach, snow... I know of someone with a collie who is like a new dog after an accident, with one of these carts. So either way I think he has a positive future. :) I have a friend in a similar situation to yours and the orthopedist said to let the dog go at his own pace but keep him motivated to do things on his own -- only by using those legs will he restore ability to them -- he was confident that a cart was not the right option yet as the dog would likely slowly regenerate walking ability (he is one of the best orthos in Ireland). Also have other friends who had a similar surgery on their lab X and though he did have some weakness he still gets around OK after many years.

Kate H
1st July 2011, 03:56 PM
Recovery from major surgery like that is going to take a lot of time, and even when the back is healed, the unused muscles will take time to get going again. But the specialist has given him very good odds, so you and Jasper are going to be learning new lessons in patience together! And hopefully there will be enough tiny signs of progress from day to day to keep you going... :hug:

Kate, Oliver and Aled

GraciesMom
1st July 2011, 03:59 PM
Sending you prayers That Jasper will recover effectively, even if a bit slowly. It does hurt to see them limited in their abilities bur sounds like there is hope.

Sydneys Mom
1st July 2011, 04:28 PM
Poor Jasper. Sending prayers for a speedy recovery.

Nicki
1st July 2011, 06:11 PM
OH goodness what an awful thing to happen :( So very sorry.

It's so good that Jasper has come through the surgery and is doing well - that is very encouraging. You might find that some toys that you can play with Jasper such as the Nina Ottosson toys will help keep him stimulated during recovery, without putting any strain on his back - also have a look at the Brain Games book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brain-Games-Dogs-Claire-Arrowsmith/dp/1842862774/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309540171&sr=8-1


I don't know if hydrotherapy has been suggested to you - this may help him recover his mobility and muscle tone - obviously you would need to check with his consultant. There are some centres in Wales - not sure if any of them are near you.

http://www.canine-hydrotherapy.org/find/find-a-centre/191


Thinking of you and wishing Jasper a good recovery.

Sabby
1st July 2011, 06:27 PM
You and Jasper are in my thoughts.
And there I was feeling sorry for myself about my Ebony’s back problems, but reading your story I am concerned that this will happen to her one day.
I hope and pray for a full recovery for Jasper. Sending lots of :hug:

By any chance did you go to The Willows in Solihull for the operation?

Love my Cavaliers
1st July 2011, 07:17 PM
You must have been so scared!!! I'm so glad that the paralysis was not permanent and that Jasper seems to be recovering slowly but pretty well. Good for you for getting him the surgery so fast before the damage set in and the odds were really against him. Sorry you're having to deal with bowel issues too. Is he at least able to tell you that he has to go so that you can help him outside? Hoping that will stop soon and that his recovery continues, even if it's in slow bits and pieces. You can always scream your head off when you write to us. We don't mind and we truly understand your frustration and your love for Jasper and what you sense he has lost. Hopefully it's not forever. Hugs to you.

Zumie05
1st July 2011, 07:48 PM
Poor Jasper, sorry you both have had to go through this. He made it out of surgery, so I would say the worst part is over! From here it will only get better. Hang in there.

Jasper and Holly
1st July 2011, 09:47 PM
Andrea,I saw this on Facebook. So sorry about what happened to Jasper what an awful thing to deal with. Hope he has a speedy recovery. I'm sure he will with all the love and care he'll get from you.

Brian M
1st July 2011, 09:53 PM
Hello Andrea

So sorry for you two ,you must feel devastated but with you there he will get the best treatment I am sure .

Best and Kindest Wishes To You Both

sins
1st July 2011, 10:18 PM
Hi Andrea,
What a dreadful experience for you.Initially I didn't realise just how serious this was and that he's been through such a major surgery.
Sounds like you were very lucky to have such a skilled and knowledgable surgeon and in time,Jasper will make a permanent recovery.
I know the wonderful care and attention he has at home will give him every advantage.
Thinking of you both.
Sins

meljoy
1st July 2011, 10:25 PM
Andrea,
How scary for you. Im send best wishes your way for a speedy recovery for Jasper.:flwr:

Furrfoot
2nd July 2011, 03:48 AM
I'm so sorry this happened, but to give you a little encouragement, a friend of mine had to have this emergency surgery for her dachsund several months ago. They stuck with the program diligently (she has FB pics of him and his walking sling, he's a cute little guy), and he was recently released for normal activities, though there are somethings that will always be restricted (like jumping off the bed). I hope Jasper has a recovery that goes equally as smoothly! :)

Sandrac
2nd July 2011, 08:20 AM
Poor you and Jasper - what a shock. Keep up the good work - I'm sure with your care and devotion Jasper will make a good recovery.

Margaret C
2nd July 2011, 04:47 PM
So there you are, I'm on a bit of a downer about it all at the moment, the guilt in me is just winning the optimistic side of me for the time being, I hope that Jasper will recover and that he will be out walking and enjoying himself, he as always been an outdoor dog, he would walk all day if he was could, and its just so sad I could scream about it all. Its like a part of him as gone its hard to explain and i am rambling now sorry if I seem doom and gloom its just, I dont know.

Poor Jasper & poor you.

I think anyone would be on a downer after what you have been through, especially as you have to face the sight of your active little dog being so limited in what he can do.

Then the problem with the diarrhea, needing to change the drugs and the effects on him.

It must feel never ending.

He is a lucky dog to have such a caring owner, so grit your teeth and just get through this bad patch. Hopefully you will soon see him enjoying his walks again.

Tania
2nd July 2011, 08:13 PM
Gentle hugs to you and Jasper, I hope his recovery continues. :hug: We are thinking of you.

Jasperxxgabby
4th July 2011, 12:34 PM
OH goodness what an awful thing to happen :( So very sorry.

It's so good that Jasper has come through the surgery and is doing well - that is very encouraging. You might find that some toys that you can play with Jasper such as the Nina Ottosson toys will help keep him stimulated during recovery, without putting any strain on his back - also have a look at the Brain Games book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brain-Games-Dogs-Claire-Arrowsmith/dp/1842862774/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309540171&sr=8-1


I don't know if hydrotherapy has been suggested to you - this may help him recover his mobility and muscle tone - obviously you would need to check with his consultant. There are some centres in Wales - not sure if any of them are near you.

http://www.canine-hydrotherapy.org/find/find-a-centre/191


Thinking of you and wishing Jasper a good recovery.

Thank you Nikki, his consultant has mentioned hydrotherapy, Jasper is due to see him in two weeks time and I think we are going to talk about it then, thanks for those links Cardiff is much nearer to us then Birmingham for the hydrotherapy sessions :) I will look into the toys, thank you.

Jasperxxgabby
4th July 2011, 12:39 PM
You and Jasper are in my thoughts.
And there I was feeling sorry for myself about my Ebony’s back problems, but reading your story I am concerned that this will happen to her one day.
I hope and pray for a full recovery for Jasper. Sending lots of :hug:

By any chance did you go to The Willows in Solihull for the operation?

Thanks for your concerns about Jasper when you are worrying about Ebony, I am sorry to hear she is having back problems also, I hope that she will be okay, :flwr:

Yes, Jasper was referred to the Willows.

Jasperxxgabby
4th July 2011, 12:43 PM
You must have been so scared!!! I'm so glad that the paralysis was not permanent and that Jasper seems to be recovering slowly but pretty well. Good for you for getting him the surgery so fast before the damage set in and the odds were really against him. Sorry you're having to deal with bowel issues too. Is he at least able to tell you that he has to go so that you can help him outside? Hoping that will stop soon and that his recovery continues, even if it's in slow bits and pieces. You can always scream your head off when you write to us. We don't mind and we truly understand your frustration and your love for Jasper and what you sense he has lost. Hopefully it's not forever. Hugs to you.

Thank you Bev :), thankfully Jasper does know when he wants to need pee and poo, he gets a bit agitated and licks his lips and I know it the sign he need to poo/pee. I was warned before his operation that he may need his bladder emptying, either I would have had to learn how to do it or take him every day to his vets, thankfully that is not the case.

Jasperxxgabby
4th July 2011, 12:55 PM
Thanks everyone for your concerns over Jasper and your best wishes for him:). He is mostly tired and resting, this episode of diarrhea as knocked him for six, yesterday and today it as been better, his appetite is non existent as the moment but he is drinking well. He is standing and walking in his kennel (as well as crying and pleading to come out).

Jasperxxgabby
21st July 2011, 09:46 PM
A little update on Jasper :-D

Jasper is doing well, here is a little video of him, he is gaining strength in his standing/ walking as you can see, although he can be a bit wobbly, he is still on crate rest, he is to see his specialist very soon.

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu100/sweetcavaliersxx/th_DSCF4693.jpg (http://s637.photobucket.com/albums/uu100/sweetcavaliersxx/?action=view&current=DSCF4693.mp4)

:grin:
(hope the video works)
nope, try again

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27291400@N05/5962281102/

Sydneys Mom
21st July 2011, 11:36 PM
So glad Jasper is doing well. He'll be running around th house again in no time.

Sabby
22nd July 2011, 12:03 AM
I am so glad Jasper is doing ok. And look at his tail wagging, if that is not a good sign I don't know what is. Looks like you had a good surgeon as well. Praying for a speedy recovery. My vet said to me that back/spinal problems take a while and a lot of rest.

Love my Cavaliers
22nd July 2011, 02:20 PM
Wow, you must be so happy! I agree with Sabby about that tail wagging!! He looks so happy although he does look like he wants to be running right now. I'm so glad he's come through this ordeal. You must just cry with relief when you think of all that the two of you have gone through and how he might have ended up, but didn't!!! Keep up the good work with his recovery.

anniemac
22nd July 2011, 04:47 PM
So glad to hear possitive "tail waggin". Thoughts to you and jasper during recovery

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gamefanz
22nd July 2011, 04:58 PM
I can't imagine how happy and relieved you must be. Jasper seems to be recovering so well! Its nice to see these videos after such a big surgery.
Becky

Nicki
22nd July 2011, 06:57 PM
Well I confess that was a HUGE Kleenex moment - but WOW how fantastic to see him up on his legs and wagging his tail with typical Cavalier enthusiasm :)

Just so thrilled for you, what a remarkable wee man - and a fantastically dedicated family - to bring him through such a terrible time. cl*pcl*p


I'm glad you have found some hydroptherapy reasonably near to you - I think that would really help, he does seem to have quite a lot of muscle wastage which is normal after extended rest. He is doing amazingly well though - so pleased for you.

Hope he soon bounces back from the tummy upset

Jasperxxgabby
2nd August 2011, 03:49 PM
:thnku:

A little update on Jasper, this morning we traveled up to Birmingham and the specialist was very pleased with Jasper, so much so that we do not need to go again, only if I have concerns about him then I can phone any time for advice etc. He doesn't have to use his sling anymore and I have a new set of instructions on his care over the next 6 weeks. He lost a lot of muscle on his hind legs over a short time but he as built it up somewhat over over the last 2/3 weeks so we don't need to take him for hydrotherapy but maybe I shall bring this up with Jaspers vet. So considering 6 weeks ago today I thought we was losing him he as surprised us with his bravery and he is doing excellent :-D.

Thankfully his upset stomach settled after the third lot of treatment around 3 weeks ago, tests showed nothing nasty but a bacterial imbalance in his gut, he lost a lot of weight but he is quite happily eating and he as gained his weight back, so everything is good and we will continue to count our blessing for all of the time he is here with us and I think he knows it too :lol:

sunshinekisses
2nd August 2011, 03:57 PM
His tail wagging was a beautiful sight. He is a happy boy. I am glad he is recovering so well. Continued thoughts for Jasper that he will be running in his garden in no time!

Brian M
2nd August 2011, 04:01 PM
Hi

The best news of the day ,well done to you all .:)

Sydneys Mom
2nd August 2011, 04:03 PM
Yeah Jasper :rah: So glad he's doing better.

mommytoClaire
3rd August 2011, 05:00 AM
Oh goodness, I missed this originally, but am thrilled to see that beautiful video of him so happy. What a sweetie!