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    Re: My worst fear came true - Emergency back surgery :(

    We brought Stanley home today after spending five days at the hospital. It’s time to figure out how to get him to rest and relax for 4-6 weeks. For those that went through this, how the heck did you get them in and out of the crate? We made a small space with a playpen so we could more easily pick him up.

    I’m terrified of doing something wrong, but we will keep up the pt exercises. Thankfully we have a great dog rehab facility in our town so we will be taking him there as soon as the surgeon gives us the OK.

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    Re: My worst fear came true - Emergency back surgery :(

    Quote Originally Posted by okgrau8 View Post
    We brought Stanley home today after spending five days at the hospital. Itís time to figure out how to get him to rest and relax for 4-6 weeks. For those that went through this, how the heck did you get them in and out of the crate? We made a small space with a playpen so we could more easily pick him up.

    Iím terrified of doing something wrong, but we will keep up the pt exercises. Thankfully we have a great dog rehab facility in our town so we will be taking him there as soon as the surgeon gives us the OK.
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    My worst fear came true - Emergency back surgery :(

    Quote Originally Posted by okgrau8 View Post
    We brought Stanley home today after spending five days at the hospital. Itís time to figure out how to get him to rest and relax for 4-6 weeks. For those that went through this, how the heck did you get them in and out of the crate? We made a small space with a playpen so we could more easily pick him up.

    Iím terrified of doing something wrong, but we will keep up the pt exercises. Thankfully we have a great dog rehab facility in our town so we will be taking him there as soon as the surgeon gives us the OK.
    Did you get any meds? Jax had pain meds plus a sedative to help keep him calm. He was fine in the crate but he is still able to walk so he would step out and then we would scoop him up.

    Therapy is very, very important. Iíve seen videos of dogs who couldnít walk and after doing therapy (water, acupuncture, laser), got movement back.

    Strict crate rest is very important during this time.

    Are you on Facebook? If so, there is a wonderful group French Bulldog IVDD Support. Lots of supportive people in similar situations.


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    Re: My worst fear came true - Emergency back surgery :(

    Quote Originally Posted by Cbrugs View Post
    Did you get any meds? Jax had pain meds plus a sedative to help keep him calm. He was fine in the crate but he is still able to walk so he would step out and then we would scoop him up.

    Therapy is very, very important. Iíve seen videos of dogs who couldnít walk and after doing therapy (water, acupuncture, laser), got movement back.

    Are you on Facebook? If so, there is a wonderful group French Bulldog IVDD Support. Lots of supportive people in similar situations.


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    Yes we got Rimadyl for inflammation, gabapentin for pain, and an antibiotic. Heís been whining a bit since we brought him home but dozing on and off. I will definitely check out that Facebook group thanks for the tip! I wanted to get him into rehab ASAP but they told us to hold off until his 2 week checkup

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    Re: My worst fear came true - Emergency back surgery :(

    Quote Originally Posted by okgrau8 View Post
    Yes we got Rimadyl for inflammation, gabapentin for pain, and an antibiotic. Heís been whining a bit since we brought him home but dozing on and off. I will definitely check out that Facebook group thanks for the tip! I wanted to get him into rehab ASAP but they told us to hold off until his 2 week checkup
    Jax was on codeine, gabapentin and trazadone which is a sedative. You might want to see if you can get some as it will help. CBD oil can help with inflammation and keeping calm as well. I have started giving it as maintenance every day.

    If told to hold off on therapy, might be better to do so. But maybe check with the therapist. After Jaxís last surgery, we started acupuncture the following week and she came to my house a couple of times to do it to make it easy on him.


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    Re: My worst fear came true - Emergency back surgery :(

    My frenchie had same problem. Herniated disc. Vet offered us meds first before surgery. He recovered after couple of weeks on meds and crate rest. Vet also recommended Assisi Loop for treatment. We really believe in the Assisi loop. He is walking running and playing normally. He no longer goes up and down stairs and we carry him supporting his spin by putting our whole arm underneath him so his spine is straight. I really recommend Assisi loop. You can only get it through a vet.

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