I cannot even believe how long its been since I updated. Life with a Baby certainly has been hectic, and time/thought consuming.
Our baby is now 7 months old and life is settling down into a more normal routine. I feel in many ways that my head has come out of a fog and I am finally able to wrap my brain around things other than just daily baby care. I am so thankful that Oslo and Jersey have been healthy these past 7 months because I truly don’t know how I would have coped with a new baby and the demands of a sick piggy at the same time.
Anyway, enough about our baby! This is a blog about Oslo & Jersey!
First and foremost, this past spring we were able to get Jersey back in to see the specialist at Canada West to chat about his on-going pain his his spinal (neck) surgery last November. They did another CT scan and determined that despite his corrective surgery last November, he still has some slight bulging of one of the discs in his neck. He also has some bulging in a disc lower down his spine as well, which (at the moment, and thankfully) is asymptomatic.
With that, we were presented with a couple options: We could have operated again attempt to remedy those discs, or we could take a more conservative “wait and see” approach. Because of how invasive and traumatic surgery is, we opted to ‘wait and see’. I really don’t want to put my dogs through those surgeries unless they are truly 100% necessary & unavoidable.
The good news is that despite the problematic discs, we were still able to get Jersey home and get him off all medications. After 6 months of being on pain meds, it felt pretty incredible to fiiiiinally wean him off without any flare up of pain.
That all went down in May, and since then Jersey has done wonderfully. We are keeping a watchful eye on his spine, and trying our best to keep him calm and relaxed. It’s always in the back of my mind that a few of this discs are in bad shape and could become worse at any time. No crazy rough housing, no stairs, and no running about. He’s still able to go on slow, steady daily walks, play a little bit with Oslo, and get lots and lots of cuddles though, so he’s very happy despite it all.
Oslo’s Seasonal Flank Allopecia has also cleared up entirely. Both dogs spent countless hours this summer sunning themselves on our front porch, and neither are lacking for melatonin at this point! However, as we enter the colder & darker winter months I may need to start Oslo on a daily melatonin supplement to keep his levels up– so that he isn’t going bald again come Spring 😉
It’s been almost 1 full year since Jersey had neck-surgery, and the 6 months following that were extremely hard on everyone. Fortunately, we did manage to get through, and things are back on track now. We have our fingers and paws crossed that things continue to go well as we enter 2018.
I apologize again for my absence these last few months. I will try to get back into a routine of regular updating ❤