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Post by -Ian- on Tue Apr 18 2017, 15:57

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Flo has had a sore paw so we took her to the vets last week and he prescribe some antibiotics. I also mentioned that she seemed to have slowed up on walks and was wondering if it was arthritis causing her discomfort. the vet (one Flo hadn't seen before) said straight away that it was, a rather rapid diagnosis considering he hadn't actually touched her I felt, anyway he prescribed something for that too. He went on to say she had little back leg muscle but to be honest she's always been like that.

Yesterday Flo couldn't keep her footing on the smooth kitchen floor and then I noticed she has a very weak back left leg ( the one that has always looked the weaker since her TTA on the other side )
Having seen that, we booked an appointment with the vets for tonight and I'm hoping she gets to see her usual vet but I'm still worried for her. The vet didn't think it could be a side effect of the meds he's given her but I think it may well be that, at least I'm hoping it's that.

Even though she is in obvious discomfort the brave little lady managed to climb two flights of stairs before the wife realised, just to have a cuddle with me this morning. I have to confess I am worried Sad


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Re: A bit worried

Post by -Ian- on Thu Apr 27 2017, 14:07

Thanks guys, I'm hoping she'll be back on all 4 paws before too long but dreading next Wednesday Sad


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Re: A bit worried

Post by I❤dogs on Thu Apr 27 2017, 14:25

It's very worrying for you. We will be here if you need a chat. Spoil Flo and be positive, I think waiting is the worst
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Re: A bit worried

Post by stella on Thu Apr 27 2017, 19:59

thoughts are with you and Flo Ian,i know the thought of any surgery is horrible but if the vets are saying its a less risky op sounds like its the way to go,big hugs to you and Flo


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Re: A bit worried

Post by -Ian- on Thu Apr 27 2017, 20:35

Thanks Stella & Laura.


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Re: A bit worried

Post by Jenc on Thu Apr 27 2017, 20:40

Our thoughts & love are with you Love Struck


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Re: A bit worried

Post by -Ian- on Thu Apr 27 2017, 20:50

Thanks Jen.

Now why am I watching SuperVet tonight I dont want to s


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Re: A bit worried

Post by Jenc on Thu Apr 27 2017, 21:07

I know, I've just watched it! When my hubby had major surgery all that was on telly was hospital programmes for the whole time he was in!!! Cruel


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Re: A bit worried

Post by Woody66 on Fri Apr 28 2017, 22:10

I'll have my fingers crossed for Flo on Wednesday and Frankie and Benny will have their paws crossed too, hope everything goes well.
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Re: A bit worried

Post by -Ian- on Sat Apr 29 2017, 01:18

Thanks Ian, your good wishes are appreciated.


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Re: A bit worried

Post by LizP on Wed May 03 2017, 09:13

Thinking of you today.


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Re: A bit worried

Post by Mistys Mum on Wed May 03 2017, 10:53

Good luck for today x


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Re: A bit worried

Post by I❤dogs on Wed May 03 2017, 10:58

Thinking of Flo & you today, good luck
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Re: A bit worried

Post by -Ian- on Wed May 03 2017, 18:56

Thank you all for your kind wishes Smile

Flo arrived early and wasn't very happy about being there at all bless her. I got a call from the vet at about 2:30 this afternoon saying that all went well though he did have to remove some bone and insert some screws. I'm not sure exactly what he had to do as I'm one of those people that needs to see a picture or diagram to really understand.

Anyway, the upshot is he is pleased with how it all went, she's comfortable and the pressure is released from the cord and it has good room to do what it should do. He did say that she will need to build up some muscle before she's good as new but he is very hopeful. He'll call again in the morning with an update and an idea of when we can go get her Smile


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Post by I❤dogs on Wed May 03 2017, 19:25

That sounds very positive. Hopefully you hear Flo can come home soon when you get an update tomorrow
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Re: A bit worried

Post by -Ian- on Wed May 03 2017, 19:28

It does sound positive Laura but he did advise that she could be with them for 3 days or so, depending on how the recovery goes.

This place is just not the same without her Sad


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Post by I❤dogs on Wed May 03 2017, 19:33

Fingers crossed she recovers well. I think staffies are strong & Flo will recuperate quickly
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Re: A bit worried

Post by LizP on Wed May 03 2017, 20:19

Very pleased to hear it went well. I do feel for you, the next few days are going to be empty. Keep the updates coming, I'm thinking about you all the time.


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Re: A bit worried

Post by Mistys Mum on Wed May 03 2017, 20:21

Oh that's fantastic news. Well done for being So brave little Flo. Hurry up and get well and back home where you belong xx


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Re: A bit worried

Post by Jenc on Wed May 03 2017, 20:24

That's great news Ian, sounds like Flo is doing well & will be home soon


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Re: A bit worried

Post by -Ian- on Wed May 03 2017, 20:26

I can't wait to see her and hear her give me a right good telling off to be honest.

Thanks for all your kind messages Smile


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Re: A bit worried

Post by Jnestie84 on Wed May 03 2017, 21:26

Hope the recovery goes well, please keep us updated.


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Re: A bit worried

Post by -Ian- on Thu May 04 2017, 16:32

Today's update from the vet isn't so good unfortunately

He warned us before the op that there was a chance that she will get worse before any improvement but he is disappointed at present. Flo is showing a lot less movement than he expected. He explained that most do get a little worse while things adjust, some significantly, some only slightly so. Though he is disappointed he has said that as long as she continues to have feeling in her paws (which she does) then there is every expectation that she will still make a good recovery.

She is now expected to stay with the vet for longer than hoped originally but fingers are crossed that this is just part of the recovery Sad


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Re: A bit worried

Post by I❤dogs on Thu May 04 2017, 18:05

I wish I was good with words Ian, I'm very sorry to hear this. It does sound like Flo will get better, she will be sore after the op but I'm sure she will improve soon
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Re: A bit worried

Post by LizP on Thu May 04 2017, 20:20

At least he's being straight with you so you know. Did he give you any indication of how long it might be before she improves or is it one of those things that they just can't say?


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Re: A bit worried

Post by -Ian- on Thu May 04 2017, 20:33

We're all hoping so Laura it's just the thought of her being there for so long too.

He didn't say Liz, I don't think they really know what the outcome will be yet as it's still too soon.


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Re: A bit worried

Post by Mistys Mum on Thu May 04 2017, 20:46

It's good that she still has feeling, hopefully she is just sorry after the op and will heal quickly. Thinking of you x


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Post by I❤dogs on Thu May 04 2017, 22:14

I know it's not the same but are you able to go in too visit Flo
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Re: A bit worried

Post by -Ian- on Thu May 04 2017, 22:19

Thanks Emma Smile

We probably could visit Laura but I think that would only benefit us humans and not Flo, she would want to come home and we wouldn't be able to take her which I think would cause her more stress. Having said that, I guess it depends on how long they keep her.


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Post by I❤dogs on Thu May 04 2017, 22:22

I know what you mean, she would expect to leave with you. Maybe they will let Flo recuperate at home soon, resting in a crate perhaps
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Re: A bit worried

Post by -Ian- on Thu May 04 2017, 22:34

They haven't said as much but I suspect she will be there until at least next weds if not longer. Again, they did warn us that it could be more than a few days. I think I'm expecting too much but I really want her home even though I know she's in the best place Sad


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Re: A bit worried

Post by I❤dogs on Thu May 04 2017, 22:38

I would want my dogs home as well but it's very early days yet. The vet will want to be sure Flo is on the mend before she comes home
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Re: A bit worried

Post by dizzy on Fri May 05 2017, 13:46

Thinking of you both and hoping for a full recovery soon.
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Re: A bit worried

Post by -Ian- on Mon May 08 2017, 18:53

Thank you for your thoughts Smile

*Latest news*

Flo was looked after by an intern over the weekend who was very nice and loved Flo to bits, well who wouldn't eh. There was no real progress according to the intern but no deterioration either.

The vet that is looking after her spoke to me on Friday and thought that although no major improvement he thought that Flo might be having him on somewhat. He thought she was being a little lazy and could probably do a bit more than she was doing, does sound a bit like her if I'm honest.

Today he gave an update after not seeing her all weekend and has seen some improvement but is still worse than when we took her in. The upside is that she has feeling in her paws and is able to go to the toilet all ok so really there is no reason for her not to make a full recovery. He added that at the moment it's looking like its going to be a long haul which will mean a longer stay with them so that she gets 3 physio sessions a day.

He also mentioned the M (money) word and said it will be considerably more than what he originally quoted unless there is a dramatic turn around. The thing I have to keep reminding myself is that it's not even been a week yet, she's had major spinal surgery and there's bound to be swelling etc

I think all we can do is go by his advice for now but at least it's not all doom and gloom, even though I miss her so much Sad (I know, I'm a big softy)


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Post by I❤dogs on Mon May 08 2017, 22:25

I imagine us humans wouldn't be moving around much less than a week after spinal surgery. I know you are missing her. I can't wait to hear Flo is coming home
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Post by LizP on Tue May 09 2017, 08:01

Come on, Flo, do your exercises like a good girl and get home quickly.


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Post by Mistys Mum on Tue May 09 2017, 08:20

Yippee! Great news Flo, stop being a little lazy bum and get well soon xx


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Post by Mia05 on Wed May 10 2017, 12:16

Id have sold my body to pay for mia as i know you will get well soon flo

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Post by -Ian- on Wed May 10 2017, 14:58

Good news....

Vet called lunchtime today and has said that Flo has turned a corner and made a big improvement. He went in to see her this morning and she was wagging her tail and wanting to get out of the kennel, she is also putting more strength through her legs Big Grin

We had a long chat about the next steps and will see how she goes Thursday & Friday but he said that these things are normally linear and we should see good improvement day on day now. Even better news is that she might be home this weekend, either way we will be popping in to see her and hopefully she'll be coming home to huge cuddles and treats Big Grin


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Post by LizP on Wed May 10 2017, 15:48

Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin


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Post by Jnestie84 on Wed May 10 2017, 15:55

Fantastic news Big Grin


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Post by I❤dogs on Wed May 10 2017, 16:51

Well done Flo. I'm so happy for you Ian
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Post by dizzy on Thu May 11 2017, 07:53

Great news! So pleased for you both!
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Post by -Ian- on Thu May 11 2017, 20:21

Thanks all Smile

Not much news today, small improvement which is good.

For those of you that aren't squeamish, tonight's SuperVet shows an op on a Burmese dog which is similar to what has happened to Flo but without the puss Sad


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Post by I❤dogs on Thu May 11 2017, 21:31

I'm glad there is a small improvement,every small positive change is great. Thanks, I'll catch that on on demand when the kids are asleep
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Post by -Ian- on Sat May 13 2017, 15:27

Flo is home Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

Collected her at midday today to lots of noise and tail wagging. One of her legs is working well, the other isn't but she can just about stand with a little bit of leg adjustment from us. She is on only 5 min walks with aid from a sling and the usual no climbing etc.

Flo is desperate to get to the kitchen and bright as a button but has now decided it's all too much and is currently snuggled in her corner of the sofa. It's going to be a long haul before she is walking unaided but the vet is very confident.

I did take a pic of her back home but it turned out rubbish so will get one later when she's completely settled.


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Post by Jenc on Sat May 13 2017, 20:24

That's great that Flo is home Ian, I'm sure she will show improvement now she is back with her family


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Post by Goblin on Sat May 13 2017, 21:14

Wonderful news!
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Post by I❤dogs on Sat May 13 2017, 23:06

Fantastic news! I'm so pleased
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Post by -Ian- on Sat May 13 2017, 23:49

Thanks all, very pleased to have her home Big Grin

Now we have the long haul of getting her back on those paws so she can herd the squirrels back up their trees.


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Post by Mia05 on Sun May 14 2017, 06:10

Oh ian im so glad flo back with you what a relief Love Struck Love Struck she may now recuperate quickly at home heres hoping and climbing her stairs and chasing all the squirrels before long.

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