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    I was reading your posts on your Ted, would it be possible for you to get him into UCD veterinary hospital as soon as possible? From what you have posted, it sounds like that he needs specialist care and more pain meds and that he should be in hospital. You must be out of your mind with worry. I hope he can be assesed then by a specialist neurologist, there are 2 very good neurologists in there. Its friday night now, and the vet college has an emergency reg vet on call, if you call the number, you can ask to speak to the vet on call. Could you get him in?
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    Hi

    Ok you have me a bit scared now people, can you give me your no please Karlin so I can speak with you? My internet connection has been down all day so only getting a chance to log on now. Ted was alone for 5 hrs today, I had no way of organising cover so I had to go to work that's why I had to get my neighbour to help me out (believe me if I had of been able to get out of work I would but I am lucky to have a job at present so calling in sick was just not an option)

    Ted has really perked up quite a lot today, I have taken him out to the toilet twice, he has 2 small portions of food, he is drinking a good bit of water and I am getting his meds into him by syringe. I have had to stop him from jumping up onto the sofa about 4 times today, I have a bed set up for him in the kitchen and one in the living room and I have the heat on constant. He does seem quite mobile but I am doing my best to keep him relaxed and resting.

    I went to my local vet today and I told him I was not prepared for what last night was like, please tell me I am doing the best for him??? I just listened to what I was told by the veterinary hospital where he was treated??

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    Please don't give him a chance to jump. I thought dogs who had the decompression surgery were crated for 4 months?

    I'm still really worried here.
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    I don't have a crate for Ted never had, I was never told to get one either.

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    Fiona let me step in here since you and I have been communicating etc. for about a week and a half. I don't think you realize how serious this surgery is. Its brain surgery. He could hemorrage and alot of other issues. Getting excited raises his blood pressure. I'm not a pro on this by any means but I do realize the importance of keeping them quiet. He should not be anywhere near where he can jump etc? I don't want to scare you but this is truly very very important. I can't believe your doctor hasn't told you this. I know I told you by e-mail and at that point they hadn't told you anything--hadn't even told you about leash to go bathroom etc. Was this a neurologist????? Do you have a business card? You should I would think.
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    Riley's post-op instructions were three short (5 minute) walks on the leash a day, just to potty, no running, jumping, playing. Her neurologist did not want her running or jumping for the full 12 weeks of recovery. Could you barricade Ted in the kitchen so there is no opportunity for him to jump or run while you're not there? Riley's crate became her sanctuary during recovery. She loved it - and she hadn't been in a crate since she was about 2 years old except at the dog sitters. It was her place to be safe. Granted, I have 3 other dogs so it was crazy around here, but she was either in the crate or in my arms during her recovery. It was just too hard to keep her from jumping. The leash kept her from running around with the other dogs. As Linda said, jumping and running raises the blood pressure - not a good thing during recovery. Riley now is able to run and jump and basically be a normal dog, but this is almost 9 months later. You will get through this. Good luck.
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    Hi Fiona,
    It's good that he's alert and eating and drinking and seems perkier.This is all very positive and encouraging.
    You must have had a horrible few days.
    Has he actually had decompression surgery or a shunt?Sorry for all the questions, but you know we care!
    You need to find out exactly what procedure was carried out
    how extensive the surgery was and what follow ups are needed.
    Was the vet helpful today when you called?
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    Fiona: You need to ring your neurologist, assuming you had a consult with one and not just a vet -- and I'd ring UCD and ask for an appt with their neurologist and ask if this dog should be under care and why in the world a dog having decompression or a shunt (I assume it was decompression) was sent home the same day. I discussed this today with an extremely experienced neurologist in this area and they were appalled.

    This whole thing just sounds bizarre. I would call the emergency number at the vet school.

    There is a lot of information already on my SM site and if you do a search here, on this site regarding other peoples experiences with surgery. I have never in 5 years heard of a dog sent home the same day with so few instructions. I'd be filing a formal complaint with VICAS the irish vet association or whatever the oversight professional body is.

    You really need professional advice, which I cannot give you. That is why I would urge you to contact UCD if this is not where the person who did the surgery is based. If it is, they urgently need to better understand best practice for this surgery. I don;t knoe the route to take; you will need to make some calls and do some research to figure this out. All I can say is -- this is a very serious surgery, a dog should basically be in intensive care for several days after, usually they are sedated initially, and on release really need round the clock supervision for at least a few weeks.
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    Hi

    I have checked the surgery sheet and he had decompression surgery & craniectomy. I went to my local vet today and he was very helpful. I will ring the veterinary hospital tomorrow morning for some more information. I am just going to have to lock him in the kitchen from now on, my only problem with this is that when I do that he will come up on his hind legs to see inside the sitting room, if both rooms are open then he normally just chooses one to sit in.

    I think I have underestimated this but I really was relying on what the hospital told me.

    Fi

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    I was told the same thing about crating - we haven't had surgery yet - and when I told them she's never been crated and that was not an option they recommended that get rid of or completely block all the furniture, put cushions on the floor for us both and make sure there was no where she could jump. Also if Ted sleeps with you put the bed away and the mattress on the floor. If you can move the sofas and chairs temporarily you could keep him in the living room.

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