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Old 02-27-2008, 01:26 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm not sure that surgery will help, but I'll definitely ask the vet. But if it is an option, is Stomps too old (he's at least 12)?[/b]

Surgery is always a risk and more of a risk as they get older. Surgery is unlikely to help gain function but it may be useful in preventing further injury. A meaningful assement probably would require more diagnostic measure which again are not with out risk or cheap. This is not the type of surgery most general practioners are comfortable with so would more likely be a referral to a specialist. Other consideration also need to include given the dogs lifestyle and activity level what is the likelihood of reinjury in the first place. At this point the conversation cost nothing and is a good place to start to see if it worth persuing a potential surgical option. The links above discuss some of the pro's and cons and just what surgery can and can't do.
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Old 02-27-2008, 12:56 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Surgery would be an absolute last resort for me.

I had the surgery done on Myrtle the first time she was paralyzed. It was successful, but she started having occasional seizures afterward. And she went down again two years later. I couldn't afford a second surgery, even though the vet said she'd never walk again without it. I got her back on her feet without the surgery.
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How is Stomps doing?
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Old 03-16-2008, 12:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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He's doing well, although the crate rest didn't help as much as I'd hoped. He's still weaving somewhat and cross-walking, but he seems perfectly happy. I need to take him back to the vet to see if there's anything we can try now, although I think his problem is just a combination of old age and horrible conformation and I've got to accept it. Obviously I also have to keep him off the furniture (he's such a good boy that he's having an easier time with that rule than I am). He's such a sweetheart--I hate to see him growing old. Thanks for asking about him.
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He's doing well, although the crate rest didn't help as much as I'd hoped. He's still weaving somewhat and cross-walking, but he seems perfectly happy. I need to take him back to the vet to see if there's anything we can try now, although I think his problem is just a combination of old age and horrible conformation and I've got to accept it.[/b]
Prolotherepy all though finding practition that work on dog is difficult. I know of a few people that have had good results.
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