Thanks to all your well wishes there's good news for Watson the dachshund! At this time surgery is not necessary. The nuerosurgeon says that surgery would be too aggresive of a treatment at this time. He also says that in comparison to disc problems in the back area, the neck area responds to medical treatment more favorably.
The bad news is he will have to go through the same recovery he had after the surgery in May. Two weeks confined to the kennel, two weeks confined to a single room, and two weeks confined to the house. No steps whatsoever. We have to carry him outside to use the bathroom and always on a leash and harness. If he shows improvement then no further treatment is necessary. If he doesn't then he'll have to have the surgery again.
Those first two weeks in the kennel are killers. He wants to get out and play so terribly and the temptation for us to let him is overwhelming.
Thomas, It does sound like Semi good news. It is one of the worst feelings ever experienced when a pet is in distress. They canít tell you what is wrong and they rely on us so heavily on everything. In return you are given the strongest unconditional love ever granted by a living soul. As dog lovers, My wife Carol, Myself and Tasha (8 year old Mini-pin) wish the best for Watson.
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Glad to hear that Watson isn't going to have to have surgery for now. Being a real softy myself, I can empathize with you about keeping him in the kennel. Just don't forget how much he needs you to be "strong" for him now. Can you take him out for short cuddles on your lap? I hope so.
Hopefully he'll have a speedy recovery and his time in confinement won't have to be so long.
Just thinking of you and wishing you and Watson the best.
That is good news. I know it will be hard to keep him confined...but remember, it is what is best for him. Good luck.
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good luck Thomas, let us know how he and you and Mrs Thomas are doing. It's going to be rough. I've had a couple of pets that I had to keep confined for some reason and it was hard. It's not like a kid where you can talk to them and they understand altho I do believe dogs understand more than we realize.
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Hey Thomas, I'm so glad to hear that Watson won't need more surgery. Confining him to that kennel will be tough, but you've been through it before and he'll be all the better when he's recovered. Hope he continues to improve.
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