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Cory Is Going In for Diagnostic Testing

We took Cory in to a Veterinary Neurologist at the beginning of March, and were told that Cory probably has a rotator cuff injury on his right front shoulder (which is causing him to limp) and one or more herniated disks which are causing his hind legs not to function properly.   In the short time that has gone by since that visit to the specialist Cory has pretty much lost his ability to go on a walk without a lot of assistance or to go up or down stairs without his life jacket on.  The Neurologist said that he believes that whatever Cory has wrong is “fixable” with surgery, but of course we won’t know for sure until Cory undergoes diagnostic testing.  We began with having a geriatic work up done on Cory to make sure his kidneys, liver and other vitals are in good order (they are), and we had chest X-rays done to be sure he does not have systemic cancer (he does not), so Cory is going in for an MRI this coming Thursday.  He will have to be fully sedated for the procedure, so I am rather nervous but at the same time we realize that if we don’t do this soon Cory may not even be able to walk about in the house for much longer.  I would love to hear from anyone who has gone through diagnostic testing (when your dog is under sedation), or about your experiences with surgical repairs on your dogs.    Our hope is that we can get Cory fixed and that we have some pain-free seasons to look forward to ahead for him to go camping and swimming with us.

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  • Janet Duncan

    My only advice is that if you have surgery on his spine, please give him a full six weeks of crate rest. After our (5yo GSD) Jericho's surgery, we were so pleased that he was feeling well enough to drag himself around. We didn't realize how his spine needed complete rest and didn't know how we could logistically get him outside to eliminate, etc. It is almost four years later and he still gets around, but not with the use of his back legs. He is in excellent spirits, just can't figure out why he can't catch squirrels like he used to. So, good luck with Cory and if he does need surgery, I can't stress enough that complete crate rest is a must for a chance at a better outcome.

    • Janet,

      Thank you so much for the advice. But yikes, reading this sent a ping
      through my heart… I can only imagine what it would be like to be immobile
      for 6 weeks, especially for a dog, who would be absolutely terrified and
      with no way of us to explain to him what was going on. How DID you get him
      outside to eliminate?

      And it's been 4 years but Jericho's surgery wasn't successful? Or was it?

      • Janet Duncan

        Jericho's surgery was successful, but we couldn't figure how to crate him for the six weeks, so we let him move about, which was a BIG mistake and this didn't allow the tissue/nerves to heal properly. With this he isn't able to empty his own bladder or control his bowels. Daily I express his bladder manually and he doesn't control his defecation. When he goes he moves away from his stool (vet says he can smell it and therefore moves away). There is a support group called Dodgerslist for owners of Dachshunds which are predisposed to back problems that is extremely helpful in all the issues surrounding back issues and the recovery period. Also, it may benefit him to do a lot of resting (severely limit Cory's activity) even now to reduce inflammation and may not need surgery. I hope Cory does well with his diagnostic testing and surgery is not needed. He looks like a precious gentleman.