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    Thank you for documenting Sebastian's IVDD. It'll help us all. Yes, and excellent advice about finding a veterinary practice (in advance) whom knows about IVDD, because ours first vet certainly didn't know. Btw, Dodgerslist.com had a list of them.

    Sebastian's stitches look nice. Good that he can already do stuff, like potty, on his own. Wagging his tail will come back later, you'll see. We had to express Buddy's bladder for a while after his surgery, so you're already ahead of his schedule. Yay!

    Buddy's IVDD journey was ( http://doxielovers.com/dlc/showthrea...walking-wobbly ) in case you want to compare Sebastian's progress.

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    Update? Years ago, lots of vets did IVDD surgery, whether they knew a lot or not. Lately, where I live, most family vets refer you to a surgery center in Dallas for back surgery specialists. I drove miles and miles to Austin for Jack to have surgery by an excellent neurosurgeon and had terrific results!
    Hoomom who was blessed with Jack. RIP Sweet Cynda 6/3/10, loving Lexie 9/13/13 and Jack, 3/22/16.

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    Default 2 days post surgery - he is home!

    Picked Sebastian up at 3pm today! It is 49 hours after his surgery. His incision looks good, it is large as Dr Chauvet does do fenestration above and below herniated disk. We were given prednisone, antibiotics, and tramadol for pain. Antibiotics are for 3 more days, prednisone will start tapering off in a couple of days. I will pick up some Pepcid for him. We were also given a DVD that Dr Chauvet filmed with rehabilitation exercises, massage, etc. It also has a section on bladder expression but luckily he can pee on his own. She also goes over slings and how to make one out of a beach towel or what commercially made are available. She also goes over accupuncture and laser treatment options in recovery. Sebastian already received 2 treatments in hyperbaric chamber.

    When we got home, I took him outside. I set him down and supported his rear with my hand. He started urinating immediately. He did not wag his tail today, he does hold it up about mid-point when he pees. As I was holding his rear up, I could feel that he had some strength in his legs, so I let go for just a second and he was able to stay up. Before surgery he couldn't. So, that is very encouraging. His back is very hunched up. It does not look swollen. We then sat on the sofa with him in my lap (yes, I know strict crate rest) but he just got home and I was icing his back. And I saw him move his left leg in my lap a bit. And of course, as a truck drove by in the street and he saw it out the window, he started barking and Sofie joined in. But I couldn't be mad at him, he still is spunky!

    I set up a large crate for him, but have half of it blocked off to limit his movement.


    His incision looks good. I was told to put some neosporin on it.


    The DVD with exercises. She demonstrates exercises on two of her dogs. One is Tommy, a red smooth doxie from Florida Rescue, that had back surgery in the past.


    Here is what she recommends for him now


    I was told he was fussy about his food at the clinic again this morning, but he ate his entire dinner at home. He has not had a bowel movement since the day of his injury. I will pick up some pumpkin which the clinic also recommended. We have an appointment to come back on May 8th.

    I reviewed his discharge papers. His herniation was L3-4. He had no superficial pain sensation, only deep pain sensation on admission.
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    He looks good! The DVD is awesome! Wish more vets provided that. Use a lomg towel or bathrobe belt to hold up his back end. Good that he could stand for a second, but don't push it. He will have a bowel movement when there is enough feces in his intestine, food in, food out. Don't worry too much about that.

    If you can get acupuncture or laser therapy, I think it would help his healing and mobility. Water therapy is good, too. So glad he's home already! More recovery

    Jack's back stayed hunched for months, by the way.
    Hoomom who was blessed with Jack. RIP Sweet Cynda 6/3/10, loving Lexie 9/13/13 and Jack, 3/22/16.

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    Default We have a wagging tail!!!!

    I have Sebastian in a smaller crate on my bed for night time. I woke up to check on him and give him his pain pill. And when I opened the crate he started wagging his tail!!! Good strong thumping tail!
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    First thing I read this morning, Olga....what a terrific start to my day!!!
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    Gotta love a good tail wagging!



    Hope improvement comes your way in leaps & bounds each day!

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    I am so sleep deprived that it makes me think that I dreamed the tail wag because I wanted to see it so bad. He didn't wag this morning. :( Took him outside. No poop yet. He does not place his feet correctly, and I do need to support him. He did bark at something while I had him on the ground. Appetite is great. Ate his breakfast. We iced his back. I am waiting for my dog walker to come. I think I will have her take him out while Natasha is at school to avoid bladder distention. Usually I take them out before work and then Natasha takes them out when she gets home at 1.

    Last night I did some range of motion exercises before we went to bed. He tolerated it ok, I noticed skin somewhat twitching on his back when I did it.

    Edit: when the dog walker came, he did wag his tail! Yay!!

    Update. Pumpkin never fails. Seb had a large stool after dinner. I supported him while he was doing it and he attempted to take a few steps.
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    Awesome news! Tail wagging is great progress! More
    Hoomom who was blessed with Jack. RIP Sweet Cynda 6/3/10, loving Lexie 9/13/13 and Jack, 3/22/16.

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    The first tail wagging is so awesome! I remember how happy I was to see that! It sounds like Sebastian is doing really well. I can totally relate to the sleep deprived state. Overall, I think it's sounds like he's doing really well.
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