Merlin needs an operation on his spine.

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Mattie
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Merlin needs an operation on his spine.

Post by Mattie » Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:35 am

Sometimes Merlin hasn't been stepping under himself properly with his right hind leg properly so I took him to the vet. Earlier today he had an MRI scan and he has a disc pressing on his spinal cord and an infected disc.

He is having antibiotics to clear up the infection before they can operate on him.

Poor little boy, he must have been in a lot of pain and I hadn't realised.
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Post by Ocelot0411 » Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:42 am

Oh no poor Merlin :cry: Hope he gets well soon Mattie. Keep us posted on how he gets on and send him my love.

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Post by katowaggytail » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:03 pm

Big hugs to Merlin. Kato x

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Post by Owdb1tch » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:05 pm

All the best to both of you
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Post by Mattie » Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:27 pm

I haven't been back long, Merlin keeps going in and out and it is pouring down at the moment. I have put his waterproof coat on so he can be outside if he wants. He wouldn't eat either so I put a small tin of tuna in with his food. Do you think he is spoilt?<g>

The good news it is were the spine joins the hips and it is bad. You can see the the disc pressing on the spinal cord on the xrays. This is usually a successful operation, because there is only the back legs and tail left on the spinal cord.

The bad news, I have to be careful with him until the operation or he could loose all movement from that disc down.

I don't have to put him on crate rest but do have to make sure he doesn't do anything very active. Not difficult with
a Greyhound. Only on lead walking for 10 minutes twice a day and no jumping etc.

Depends on the infection when they operate, but he wants it sooner rather than later. Normally it is a 6 week course of antibiotics for infection were it is, but he is hoping he can operate before then.

The xrays are going away for someone else to look at them just to make sure he has it right.

The Bill for today was £1,491, thank goodness for insurance. I hope there is enough left for the operation.
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Post by danabanana » Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:24 am

Oh poor Merlin!

Hope he is ok x

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Post by Mattie » Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:49 am

The vet phoned after I left on Friday, been away for the weekend, the man who reads the xrays phoned him to tell him to operate asap, it looks like more is going on than a disc, it could be a tumour.

Merlin is going in on Wednesday for his operation, please keep the healing thoughts coming for him.
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Post by Ocelot0411 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:52 am

Oh Mattie no!! I have everything I have two of crossed for him. :cry:

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Post by Owdb1tch » Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:10 am

Me too.
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Post by Carrie » Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:15 am

A-w-w...poor Merlin. And poor you. You must be so worried. I'm so sorry you and he are having to go through this. I send you my very best wishes for a successful operation and good recovery. (((hugs)))
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Post by katowaggytail » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:17 pm

Everything is crossed for Merlin and big hugs go out to you. :(

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Post by Mattie » Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:31 am

The vet has just phoned, instead of the disc being soft, it was hard, more like bone so he had to chip away at it. He doesn't know what it is but has sent some away to try and find out.

Merlin is staying in for at least tonight and probably tomorrow as well. Depending on how he recovers, will depend on when he can come home.
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Post by danabanana » Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:17 am

Wishing him a quick recovery x

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Post by Mattie » Sat Apr 05, 2008 8:26 am

At 10.30am I thought I had enough time to have a shower before the vet phoned, I was wrong, he phoned when I was in the shower. I phoned back he said that I could come and get Merlin, I didn't bother to dry my hair, got dressed and ran. I was then sitting in the waiting room for 1.25 hours, a pup was rushed in, he had eaten Co-Codomal.

Got Merlin and the vet and I lifted him into the car and we set off. When I got to a roundabout I stopped, had a look at Merlin just in time to see him disappear, he had stepped off the back seat. I pulled over and he was stuck, turned round and drove fast back to the vets. Thank goodness I hadn't gone far.

A vet and nurse came out but he was well and truely stuck so I moved the front seat forward to give more room. Merlin then got back onto the seat but wouldn't come near the door so we could lift him. The nurse got in with him and managed to get him to the door were the vet picked up his fron end and the nurse the back and lifted him onto the floor.

The vet said that I could take him home if I wanted but he would prefer him to be back in the hospital just in case so poor Merlin is back in
I am having a sandwich at the moment then going outside to reorganise the car so he can't fall off the back seat.
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Post by kelli » Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:19 am

Omg Mattie how scary for you :cry: hope Merlin is ok xxx

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