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Old 02-15-2013, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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On Thursday night Dakota was playing with her bird friends as usual. I have posted videos of her doing it here before so some of you have seen her in action - and have seen how she stalks the birds, almost cat-like, and very, very slowly. Well, she ran this time and something?? happened, and she started screaming!! She came towards me dragging her back leg. I scooped her up & we came inside. I was freaking. I gave myself 5 minutes to calm down & call the vet ... they closed at 7 pm, it was then 7.10 pm.

So off to the ER vet we went. By this stage, she had started to lose movement in her rear. I had initially thought it was her knee, but at this point, I was starting to think spine. ER vet did a thorough exam and was a bit at a loss - Dakota was not indicating any pain points. ER vet sent us home after giving a shot for pain (Dakota was panting & shaking), and told us to see our regular vet in the morning for an x-ray.

Friday morning I had to admit Dakota to our regular vet for an X-Ray. After an anxious wait of about 3 hours, I got a call from our local vet that the x-ray was not showing much and that I had a choice - leave her & see how she did, or consult with a specialist down in Sydney (3 hour round trip) and get a CT scan done.

I called the specialist centre (SASH - Small Animal Specialty Hospital) and got an appointment for 2.30 yesterday (Friday). She was admitted to SASH at about 3.30 yesterday afternoon. I then got the call from the surgeon at about 6 pm last night - he had done the CT, and he thought she would need surgery, but he wanted the scans to be seen by a radiologist before he went ahead. At this point, he suspected a slipped disk. He told me that he would call me this morning, but if I hadn't heard from him by 10 am, to call him.

I called at 10 am - he was busy, so I left a message. I sat fretting for 2 hours still not knowing if she needed surgery or not and at 12 noon, I called again ... I was on hold for what felt like forever, before being told he was still busy - this is an emergency centre, so I had to *try* to remain calm, and remind myself that Dakota must be considered more stable than some other poor animals.

The surgeon called me back at 1 pm today. He offered me 2 options - 1) Keep her confined, and see how she goes. If she didn't improve in about a week, surgery would be needed. Or 2) Do the surgery now to relieve the compression on her spine. I asked him to do the surgery.

Its now 2.45 pm Saturday - he told me not to expect to hear back from him until at least 4 pm.

I am now playing the 'wait for the phone to ring' game again .... I have a wait of at least an hour, but although he said 4 pm, I think that's the earliest I will hear anything ... so it could be 2 or more hours before I hear.

I will update as soon as I know anything.

To anyone considering pet insurance - do it! I dont have it, but really wish now that I did. Vet explained to me that a slipped disc can happen pretty much any time. A dog could be just sitting there doing nothing and it can happen. Although the horse has already bolted, Im going to get insurance now.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Really sorry to hear this. It's so hard to wait. You will hear soon though. Hoping Dakota recovers soon and comes back home very soon.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You Are Really At They Mercy Of Waiting-I Dont do that well at all.
I Will Pray for dakota and You. Wish there was more i could do for you.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am so sorry to hear this news. I know how difficult this must be for you to sit and wait not knowing what is going on. Please keep us posted. Prayers and hugs!
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Jacqui i saw your post on FB and am sending hugs and prayers your way...i know that Harley is doing his best to help mommy stay calm. Please update when you can.
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Poor sweet baby,I hope she recovers soon...
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have seen and enjoy Dakota's stalking videos. Please know she is in my thoughts and prayers!
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I'm so sorry! Please keep us posted about your poor little baby.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:41 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Dakota Update #2 - Saturday, 4pm. She is out of surgery, and doing very well!!!!!!! Surgeon just called & said he is very glad the surgery went ahead, he removed a 'great amount of ?something?' that was compressing the spine (I think thats what he said). I am to call tomorrow mid-morning for another update. I can also call whenever I want before that. I don't know if I will call, there wont be much to tell me. But the surgery went very well, thats the main thing!!
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:55 AM   #10 (permalink)
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That's wonderful! Now hopefully Dakota will have a very speedy recovery!
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