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    From what I remember when Jasper had his disc surgery he had no movement in his hind legs for a few weeks and was unable to support himself on his hind legs for a good month afterwards, we used a sling that the clinic gave us for around 8 weeks until his specialist told us not to. Thinking of you at this time I understand how worried you must be, not a nice time at all. Thinking of Oliver and wishing him a speedy and full recovery.
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    Thank you Andrea. That is very encouraging to hear. I have ordered a rear harness that will go around both of his rear legs and support him when he walks. Until it arrives, I have been tail walking him which his neurologist said I could do. I hold his tail near the base in an upright manner and let him steer me. It gives good stability for walking and allows him to pee and poop as needed and he tolerates it well. Also, he has started to move his right leg just a little in a walking fashion, something he wasn't able to do when I was supporting him by the hips. He's still not able to support any weight on his leg, but the bit of movement almost brought me to tears I was so happy. His left leg still just drags. Even if the left leg never recovers, dogs do just fine on three legs.
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    How's Oliver today? Any improvement?
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    His spirits are wonderful. He tells me when he needs to go out to pee or poop. He still is not doing any weight bearing on either leg, but when I tail walk him out in the backyard, he moves his right leg consistently in a walking motion. The left leg just drags behind, although I do think I've seen the teeniest bit of movement in it at times, which is a change. He goes back to see the neurologist tomorrow morning to get his staples out and for a recheck. I hope they're encouraging. Thanks for your interest!
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    Glad you are seeing some improvement. Fingers crossed for a good report from the neuro tomorrow.
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    Hey Bev,

    I just sent you an email but I want you to know that I have been thinking of you and Oliver everyday. Yikes! I hope you have not already gone to your appointment with Dr. Podell. I don't know anything about this or surgery but I was trying to look up any post treatment physical therapy. I emailed this to you and don't know if the source is credible or if it will help/hurt Oliver but thought maybe you could mention something like this at your appointment or what he thought of alternative therapy for post operation recovery?

    This is what I found and like I said it could be way off base but will share anyway http://www.submedvet.com/Docs/Physio...sc_disease.pdf

    Please know I am thinking of you and hope the appointment goes well today.
    Anne Proud mother of Elton 5 and Angel Ella

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    Anne, I actually got your e-mail on my phone while I was at my appointment! Most of the therapies listed on the site you gave me are ones that Dr. Podell has me doing with Oliver already. Thank you for the link. The only addition to his therapy now is that I have to start teaching him to stand, which he doesn't want to do, and hydro therapy. Dr. Podell is very pleased with his progress though, for an old dog, in just two weeks. He really is making significant walking movements with his right leg. Now it's time to build up the muscle mass again. Thank you all for your kind thoughts.
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    I'm so glad the appointment went well! I hope Oliver continues to improve.
    Anne Proud mother of Elton 5 and Angel Ella

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    Thinking of Oliver, so happy to read of his signs of improvement .
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