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Join Date: May 2009
Dogs Name: Griffin and Viking (GSD)
Dogs Age: 12+ and 2
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Yeah, that and I've heard people have had good results with acupuncture. Here's what the vet sent in her summary:
Likely mid to caudal cervical myelopathy with primary differentials being disc extrusion/protrusion and/or caudal cervical instability (Wobblers) causing spinal cord compression. Other, less likely, differentials include immune mediated, infectious, canal or cord malformations, and tumors/neoplasias.
Summary of other stuff- she did notice additional minor wear on the nails on the right leg, he's a bit bow legged in the back, and he doesn't put as much weight on the right front. I'm going to continue with the meds, but I think I am looking at an MRI if he doesn't improve in two weeks. She did emphasize meds and exercise restrictions as a way to manage it, because Griff did respond very well to Tramadol. His other med is Gabapentin, which is for nerve based pain. Some of the restrictions will be life-long, but that's ok, I can do that easily and Griff is so easy-going he'll be alright with it too. I'm glad, after reading what the vet wrote, that this is something he can live with comfortably for a while.
So that's where we're at right now. He's still comfortable, not entirely liking the being confined to a room thing, but he's got a comfy bed and some stuffed toys to mess with. I'm working on ideas for gentle activities he can do so he doesn't get too bored. Unfortunately, because he has to have raised bowls and no stress on his neck, that cuts a lot of toys out. I think I'll move his bed under the window so he can watch outside and bark at the neighbor's dog. It's one of his favorite things, and I don't even bother to clean the nose prints off anymore. It's sort of like watching TV, and that and books was what got me through 2 months of bed rest.