My dog is suffering
February 18, 2006 9:15 PM Subscribe
When is enough, enough regarding a 7 year old dog with deteriorating spinal pain?
posted by SparkyPine to Pets & Animals (17 answers total)
My dog is part lab and part beagle. The body of a beagle and the appetite of a lab. Has been obese as a result for most all of her 7 years of life. A week ago she started acting like she was in pain, walking gingerly and doing all the things dogs do when they hurt. Took her to the vet on Monday. The vet gave her a shot of pain killer and steroids and sent her home with Prednisone and Robaxin with a diagnosis of cervical slipped disk. Things did not get better the rest of the week. Finally, on Friday the vet took her in and placed her under general anesthesia to take xrays. The xrays revealed a reduction in the vertebral space between her last cervical spine and her first thoracic spine. Looked like there was some spinal bone contact but I could not see any bulging.
Ok, so she's hurting real bad, screaming occasionally, not eating, moving, the works. The vet says if things do not improve by early next week then "more aggressive" treatments will be necessary. They eluded to a spinal fusion ultimately. We added Tylenol with codeine today and it seems to help her not appear to suffer, less panting or screaming but she is definately snowed, not eating and not wanting to be messed with.
Spinal fusion sounds painful and not a long term solution since it has been speculated that her body is going to always be prone to spinal problems. The other problem is that this is turning out to be a financial gusher and, if a surgical procedure is not going to really help, cure, or prevent this from occuring, is it worth it? Is 7 yrs old considered "young" for this in your experience? Is euthenizing her a realistic option or am I jumping the gun? I would rather give her the chair rather than see her continue to suffer...or is surgery going to be worth my while?