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Disc problems

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Carolyn
Devon ruptured a disc and I have been a basket case. Could you ask if any Pom owner has had this happen and if their Pom recovered? Devon is on a lot of medicine (steroids) and seems to shake a lot. He is eating and drinking well. They said if he isn't better by next week he might have to have a myelogram and surgery. I am really scared and wanted to see if anyone knows how dogs fare through this.
[Carolyn follows up] My baby Devon, who had the slipped disc back in January, is doing great. He is back to being a "flea" again though we try to keep him a little calmer.
From Carolyn Whittemore/email: cwhittem@bdm.com


Tony and Colin
You are far from being first in having a Pom with disc problems. Precious first had a herniated disc a few years ago. A course of steroids (I believe it was diminishing dosage over 7 to 10 days) and crate rest put her to rights. This spring, just before she was about to do an agility demo (she is in great demand for this, the smallest dog in the club and I think the smallest competing in our area, though we once saw a slightly smaller Miniature Poodle once at a fun match) when she started screaming in my mother's arms. We rushed her off to an emergency vet (it was a Sunday) who said that she had the unusual problem of 2 disks in 2 different areas herniating. One in her neck, another near her tail. She was on a diminishing dose of steroids for 10 days, restricted activity for 2 weeks (no walkies) and no agility for another 2 weeks. She is doing fine and, in fact, earned her novice agility title late in August (almost 8 years old then!). The vet told me that the worst thing people do when this sort of thing happens is severely restrict their dogs' activities for the rest of their lives, which, frankly, results in a diminished quality of life for the dogs. Dogs are much more resilient than we expect.
From Tony and Colin Starratt/email: ac338@freenet.carleton.ca


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