This past Saturday night during the last evening outing in the yard my 2 year old Rudy suddenly screamed out in pain and I ran over to find him lying on the ground. He was quickly going into to shock and panicking and I realized he had no movement in his hindquarters. So, I wrapped in a blanket and called our vet, who woke up and met us at his clinic. Rudy showed no external trauma but did not have positive responses to touch or pain in his back legs and lower back. His tail was droopy. He administered anti-inflammatory and pain medication andwe went home. He came by our farm early on Sunday morning and called for me to take him to the regional veterinary hospital for tests. We met with the neurosurgeon who went through all of the "what ifs" and went ahead with the MRI and prepared for possible surgery directly after. Luckily, we did not have the worst outcome. He has a traumatic injury to one of his cervical disks. He stayed at the hospital for a few days while they administered pain medication and we waited for him to spontaneously go by himself. Tuesday, I went to pick him up and take him to a specialised physio therapy clinic. He is receiving intensive hydrotherapy twice a day and massage therapy and PROM movement exercise.
The surgeon predicts, with therapy, he could have a full recovery. There is already very positive improvement in his right leg. He is bearing weight and getting around like a little seal with his left leg dragging behind. His left leg and paw are still not moving spontaneously but do show reflex and pain response.
He does not like it at the clinic, hates the water therapy and can't seem to relax with strangers. I know physio should be a positive experience to facilitate the best outcomes possible and I hope he can get the most out of the several days he will be there before I bring him home and begin the process here with out-patient visits.
The vet said that this type of injury can be caused by anything?a tumble, turn, falling off the couch, playing rough, etc. It has breen a very worrying situation but we are glad that he is showing improvement. We really hope he makes that full recovery. A big challenge here is going to keeping him quiet with his brother in the house too.
Has anyone else experienced this type of injury with their B?