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  1. Sarah
    October 19, 2019 @ 12:16 pm

    I just took Zeke my true best friend for surgery yesterday. His experience was exactly the same as Milo’s up to the surgery. I am hopeful he is able to make a full recovery, but I will take more time with him in anyway (as long as he is pain free).

    Milo’s story while heart breaking gives me hope that no matter the result love, care, and an adapted lifestyle can extend my time with Zeke. He weighs 80 lbs, and my abilities to express his bladder before surgery were a struggle, but nothing like the struggle of living without him before his time. I am up for the challenge should it be the case.

    I’m going to keep following the site and hope to be able to share Zeke’s story and of course lots of pictures.

    Thank you for giving me the hope and smile I needed. 🙂

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    • Cristij411
      October 21, 2019 @ 10:48 am

      I am so sorry you and Zeke are going through this right now, but it makes me so happy that Milo’s story helped give you hope. I am so proud of you for your dedication to Zeke and for not giving up hope. It is so hard in the beginning, but it gets easier and it is so worth it! Thank you for reaching out, it makes me so happy! Good luck on your journey to healing, and I hope you continue to reach out because I would love to hear updates. So many dogs do recover and there is always hope. I would love to hear and share Zekes story, when you are ready, so he can help other dogs and their owners who are going through this too. Feel free to email me any time through the contact page! Zeke is very lucky to have you.

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      • Sarah
        February 22, 2020 @ 6:43 pm

        Thanks Cristij. I am doing my best, Zeke isn’t doing well. My hope is that with some pain management he can live a better life.

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  2. Joe
    October 22, 2019 @ 5:39 pm

    My good boy Blu just got of ivdd surgery. He was completely paralyzed with out feeling in his hind legs yesterday out of no where. The vet said surgery went well and the spinal cord looked really good. Now we wait to see if he can feel the pinches in his hind legs tomorrow. He’s an 8 yr old 70 pound Pitbull so I know he is strong. Say a prayer for him. We can’t let him go this early.

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    • Cristij411
      November 5, 2019 @ 7:49 am

      It is good news that surgery went well! I hope for a full and fast recovery for your boy Blu. He is so lucky to have such dedicated owners. It’s not easy, especially with a 70lb dog! I hope he is doing well. Any updates?

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    • Sarah
      February 22, 2020 @ 6:41 pm

      Joe I had the exact same experience at the same time with Zeke. He is also an 8 y/o 70-75 lb pit-mix and had back to back surgeries in mid-October. For some reason the first surgery did not remove all the material in the spine and they had to go back in the next day. I felt terrible for him.

      He regained his ability to walk just before Thanksgiving, but he has taken a turn and is not doing well at all. He has lost a lot of weight down to 60lbs he looks terrible. He has lost all the muscle mass in his hind legs and abdomen. And as if that wasn’t enough he got hit with terrible allergies and is miserable.

      My hope right now is that acupuncture will relieve some of his pain and allow him to work in hydrotherapy to rebuild some of the muscle. My heart is breaking so much for him.

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  3. Sharon McAllister
    March 8, 2021 @ 2:27 am

    Hello, I have a soon to be 7 month old male maltipoo. I had done the Embark test to find out his breed as well as his medical health. They emailed and told me he has stage 1 IVDD and is a carrier of that gene. I’m praying he lives his life full… curious how much was the surgery? And also what would you suggest for a healthy vitamin to start him on? This is my second maltipoo and he loves to jump so we will limit what we can and teach him what we can also. Any words of advice would be much appreciated. Curious how your baby is doing now? Thank you! I’ll be discussing this with his vet next visit

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    • Cristij411
      March 8, 2021 @ 10:42 am

      I’m glad you found out so early so you can take the right preventative steps! Surgery can vary a lot depending on where you live. In California I was quoted 11,000 for emergency surgery. That seems to be in the high end. I highly recommend pet insurance if it’s not to late to get covered. As far as vitamins, a lot of people use Vetri Disc. CBD oil as well may slow down the degeneration of the discs. Last I heard, the dog in this story, Milo, had another episode and was paralyzed in the back end and having surgery. Poor Milo has been through a lot. I’ve asked for an update, hopefully he has recovered well! My biggest advice is limit anything that involves jumping up and down furniture as well as limit use of stairs. Teach him not to jump up on bed or couch, or you can make ramps and teach him to use those, maybe block any stairs with a baby gate. Be mindful of the way you pick him up, try to keep him level with the ground, back straight, support front and back end. And just dont let any other dogs play too rough with him. He can still run and hike and play, you just want to limit things that cause an acute compression of the spine as much as you can. Good luck to you and to your baby. Thanks for reaching out!

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