My 4 year old 100lb yellow lab was hit by a car last night. He has a pneumo on the left and his heart is deviated to the left. He also has spinal cord compression in the thoracic spine. I am not sure which two thoracic vertebre they are, but there are two with no space in between them. He cannot stand on his rear legs, but he withdrawls them with stimuli and has sensation. He currently is being treated with steroids, antibiotics, and pain meds. We are not sure what the degree if any of the paralysis will be until 24-48 hours. He cannot have surgery on his back at the time because of the collapsed lung and the risks of putting him under anesthesia. The vet seems to think that the lung will re-inflate itself. We don't know what his chances are for recovery from the spinal cord compression will be until the swelling goes down. I guess I am looking for prayers, support, and stories of anyone else who has been through this and what the outcome was. Thank you so much! Please keep us inyour prayers.
Jen, I do not have a story for you, things that happened to our dogs as a kid growing up did not have happy outcomes. Over the past 18 years being involved with Labs I have certainly lost, some tragically of course, but not via this mode such as an accident. Some I did not know if I would get through with out the support around me.
Last year I did go through one horrible experience, I took the pain and wrote about my experience, to teach my clients about life and love, to get the feelings out. I ended with the following:
"It is the love that sometimes forces us to do the unbearable. It is also the love that slowly heals our broken hearts.
I am so sorry, I wish you and yours well, and I do hope your baby pulls through.
Thanks so much for your kind words. I will let everyone know how it goes. I just got done calling the vet and was told that he is resting comfortably no better no worse. We are going to visit again tomorrow.
Jen2RN, do they have a chest tube in your dog`s chest. (sorry my question mark does`nt work) It`s a very good sign that he is moving his legs with stimuli, at least. I will be hoping and praying for his recovery, and a big ((hug)) for you.
Pen2, No chest tube. His breathing is unlabored, gums are pink, and respiratory rate is normal. Doc says there is no need for one right now, because he is breathing fine. They are just going to monitor his respiratory status closely. It is a very good sign that he withdrawls his back legs with stimulus there are no fractures in his back. We believe it is a herniated disc. They are going to do a mylogram tomorrow. It's all so very difficult right now not knowing. I feel so guilty. I was not there when it happened. He was outside with my fiance and my fiance went into the basement for a moment and he saw a cat on the other side of the road and took off after it. The person that hit him didn't even stop. Everyone here is so very sweet. I am going to visit again first thing tomorrow and I'll report back on his progress. Thanks so much.
Just got back from seeing my baby. There is no change in him. He is eating and drinking and was very happy to see us. He is still unable to move his back legs. We won't know anythong further until Monday. I am not willing to give up on him yet. Not sure if surgery will be an option yet or not until they do more chest x-rays on Monday to see how his lung is doing. Thanks so much for the support.
given he was glad to see you guys and is eating, that's a good sign. Fingers crossed, really hoping he does well and pulls through. FYI, I did "PM" you, private message. If you look up on this page on the right you see PM in box.. click on that and you will see it. Just more well wishes.
Jen, glad to hear your dog is still in stable condition. It's crappy waiting for the swelling to get worse, then better, before you know what you're dealing with, but I'm betting he's going to be fine, after the pred and rest takes the inflammation down. Don't beat your self up over the accident, it can happen to anyone, and so quickly. I'm glad to hear he does'nt have a chest tube, that is a great sign, also, that and the fact his O2 sats seem to be really good, despite the injury, what a tough little man! I'll be waiting for further good news, and ((big hugs )) for you both. (gingerly for the dog!)