When I woke up this morning and went to take Sukki on our morning routine potty, I noticed that she was walking funny. At first I hoped that she managed to have her leg fall asleep like us humans do. But after watching her for a few minutes, I began to fear it was something more. Her back end looked like it was drunk. I directly took her to the vet and arrived five minutes after they opened. She has a slipped disc and her back end is partially paralyzed. I am so heartbroken. The vet gave her an IV of steroids, and I am now giving her steroid pills twice a day. I have to watch her for the next two days to see if there is a reaction to the steroids. She is also on "lock down" and cannot leave her crate for two months, except to potty. When it is potty time I am carrying her to the yard and using a long rolled up towel as a sling so that I can "carry" her back end while she "walks". I do not know if I am doing this correctly. Sukki and I are meeting the vet again on Saturday (during the vet's day off, I am so grateful she is coming in to see Sukki) to see if the steroid pills have helped any, and to discuss muscle relaxers, etc. The Vet has also warned me that surgery, total paralysis, incontinence, and one of those wheelie-carts may be in Sukki's future. I am hurting so badly knowing that my puppy is in pain, and doesn't know what is happening to her. She depends on me for quality of life, and I don't know how to make it better. I got Sukki a new, bigger crate that opens from the top. The side fully opens like a garage door too. It is large enough for her padding and pillow and blankets I have put in for her to snuggle comfortably, and also has room for her food and water bowls. It is quite large but is on wheels, so that I can take her into different rooms with me and never miss a chance to pet or watch her. I have cleared my school and work schedule for the next two days to be with my puppy girl. The vet told me that even if Sukki fully recovers, she is to never jump onto a couch or take a stair ever again. I have cried so much today. I am so very scared that I may have to put my little girl down in the near future. I always thought that if Sukki came into these daschy problems, that she would be older and already had an energetic life. But she is five years old and has such an special, curious, playful and loving personality (that is all her own) that I don't want taken away from her. I remember when I first got her, and knew I loved her, and she became my little girl, I told myself that I would do anything to keep her with me...even if it meant one of those back-end wheelie-things. But now I am wondering, "What kind of life is that for a dog?" Also, I am a 27 year old college student with only a $500/month income. I cannot afford a surgery. I wish I had the financial means to make anything possible for her, but I dont even have Federal Financial Aid helping me, and that makes me so guilty for not being able to care for my hurting puppy better. As of right now, all I can do is give her love and rest and medication to see if she progresses before I need to make those decisions....but thinking of the possibility physically hurts.
I am hoping that someone's experience might have some suggestions to pass onto me. I keep petting Sukki and telling her that I will take care of her, but I can't tell her that everything will be alright. I don't know what to tell myself either.
I can understand how you are feeling. Although our JRT is much older (she's now 13), she was diagnosed with protruding discs in her neck in March 2008. She was on a course of prednisone and strict cage rest for about 8 weeks. The cage rest was a nightmare for her. She got through it and has had no further problems. You may want to consider something like hydrotherapy.