Update on Cory (8/11/2010)
First off, let me assure you that the book, Cory’s Story, will not have a sad ending. It is about the life of our dog, Cory, and his success in conquering canine epilepsy. I don’t like books that make me cry at the end, and I believe in the power of positive energy. But I can’t continue this blog without being honest with you, many of whom have contacted me both publicly and privately expressing such kind wishes for Cory’s well-being. The truth is, the surgery which Cory had on his spine last March (see the Cauda Equina section of this blog) did not bring him the cure we were so hopeful for. Cory’s hind end has completely failed, and his shoulders are so full of arthritis he cannot walk without assistance. He cannot get up by himself once he is lying down. With tears choking my words I called the woman who owns the place where Cory has been getting hydrotherapy and cancelled the rest of his hydrotherapy sessions. Her response was to inquire how he is doing otherwise. (You mean other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?) So I told her that his mind is still sharp and clear. He has no problem with his hearing or with seeing. He sleeps peacefully by my side of the bed every night without any signs of discomfort. He wants very badly to be with us and he responds with pleasure to hearing us talk about him and having us hug and pet him. She listened intently and then told me that she has a “doggie wheelchair” which she will lend to us. I don’t know that that is, but I can’t wait to pick it up this evening. I will let you know how it works for him. We are remaining guardedly optimistic. I will keep you all posted on how it goes.
Canine Epilepsy: An Owner's Guide to Understanding & Living with Canine Seizures
This guide will help you and your canine companion deal with canine epilepsy. You'll learn how to detect symptoms of an upcoming seizure, treat during and after a seizure, and prevent future seizures.
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