Happy Birthday Oslo

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Today is Oslo’s 8th birthday! Every year on his birthday I come here and talk about what a great dog he is, and how much we love him, and how thankful I am for him. If you want to read that stuff again, you are more than welcome to scroll back over the last 5 years and read all my other birthday posts for him šŸ™‚

Today, I’ll just say Wow. 8 years. So very much has happened in the past 8 years–living in Vancouver, living in San Francisco, living in Vancouver again, now living in the Kootenays, one marriage, one divorce, another marriage, IVDD emergency surgery, IVDD recovery, etc etc etc. SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED!! Yet, some how, it still feels like only yesterday I was seeing him for the very first time and falling immediately in love.

The last 8 years have been a hell of an adventure, but one thing has never changed:: how devoted I am to him, and how devoted he is to me. That will never change.

Happy Birthday, sweet pig!

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3 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Oslo

  1. I have a frenchie. She is deaf. She has been sick all week.
    We have made 2 trips to the vet.
    She has had 2 shots and different med which I can’t get her to take.
    She won’t eat or drink today.
    She is breathing heavy and shaking.
    I don’t know what to do.
    I don’t have the money to take her back again until payday.
    I spent 300.00 already!
    I am in a panic!!!

    1. The most important thing you can do is put her on strict crate rest immediately. That means only taking her out for very short bathroom breaks. She should be taking as few steps as possible to get the potty-job done.

      After a couple of days in the crate she may seem slightly better. Whatever you do, DO NOT STOP CRATE REST. She will undue all of the healing she has done if you let up the crate rest too early.

      Get her back to a vet ASAP. You need to tell them that you suspect it is IVDD. Be insistent. Advocate for your girl.

      The only thing that can 100% properly diagnose IVDD is an MRI or CAT scan. These things cost $1000-$2000 just for the scans. Please prepare yourself for the fact that $300 is only the very tip of the iceberg in terms of vet care costs you could be looking at.

      But again. At this point, she needs strict crate rest. She also should be put on an antii flammatory medication (metacam is what is usually prescribed) as well as something for pain (tramadol for pain is usual). Please go back to your vet ASAP and insist that you think this is spinal, and urge the vet to prescribe those medications.

      In mild cases of IVDD, dogs can recover with medication (metacam & tramadol) and 6-8 weeks of strict crate rest alone.

      However it’s imperative that you catch it early– before she shows any paralysis in her legs.

      Please please please start that crate rest NOW, and then get started on medications ASAP. Borrow $$ for the meds if you must– they’re key to her recovery.

      Best of luck to you.

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