The scare of my life

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Yesterday morning, the usual 5 am wake up call came from Duke....but no Harlow. Immediately knew something was wrong.

When I went to go check on her, she was laying on her bed, a look of terror on her face. She wouldn't come to me...she couldn't! When I went to her, she whined and tried to get her front legs under her but her back legs wouldn't cooperate. My heart sunk! My baby girl, just had her first birthday! What was wrong? My fear was wobblers, only because I know dobies are prone. I woke my hubby up and he thought maybe she had just slept funny. No way, I know my girl, there was something wrong. Duke came in to check things out and Harlow got upset and sort of jumped up and ran out of the bedroom. She only got a few steps in when her back end fell. She got up and walked a few very wobbly  steps then down again. By this point I'm crying hysterically, I can't lose her yet, it's too soon! She just layed with her head on my lap, eyes kind of glazy. I called the emergency vet as yesterday was a civic holiday here in Canada, she told us to bring her right in. So, we used her blankie as a hammock and packed her in the truck. I have never been so scared...

The vet did a thorough investigation, concerned for wobblers as well but quickly determining it was not as she had no issues from her neck down her spine...until she hit the lumbar area. No response to painful stimuli, again my heart sank. So she gave her an iv sedative so xrays could be taken. The vet was amazing, involving me in everything (I'm a nurse and wanted to be), and working hard to keep me calm. Xrays showed some vertebral narrowing at L5 and L6. Her thought was that probably due to her and Duke playing and wrestling super hard, they take some really hard knocks, that she had a muscle/soft tissue injury that was causing swelling/inflammation, then compressing the spinal column. A dose of iv steroids, muscle relaxant and pain meds and once she came out of the sedation we packed her back in the truck praying that over the next few days, Harlow would be her old self. By the time we got home, she walked into the house herself! Slowly and a bit off on her gait but on her own! By this morning she wants to run around outside! Though I'm keeping her on a short leash for a few days...easier said than done. She's a little slow going up and down the entrance steps but otherwise doing great. We will keep on the steroids and muscle relaxants for a week and may start some chiropractic medicine for maintenance. Would love to hear from anyone who may have gone through the same thing.

 

Today is a better day for both of us!

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Oh my how scary I'm so sorry for your girl but very happy to hear she's doing better :) I hope for a full recovery.

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Sooo happy Harlow is doing wel!!! Give her lots of love from us here in Minnesota! I understand how that morning felt and was so happy to read it is something fixable :)

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Same thing happened to my lab this winter. He fell. Steroids and muscle relaxers did the trick and he was back to his old self in no time . 

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Oh wow.. This had to be a horrific scare for you and I am so happy to hear of the positive outcome.

Poor Harlow. Poor YOU...

prayers for all.

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wow so glad to her miss harlow is going to be ok ! anti inflamatories are the way to go , be careful of the steriods could cause other problems. stay natural if you can .

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I hope she recovers rigt away, such a terrible scare....Many more happy birthdays for Harlow:)xxxxx her, don't blame Duke, they are just out of control in play and it's probably what they live for.... not sure how to proceed, do you think it happended because she has not reached maturity?

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it's really weird cause just yesterday i went to happy tails doggy day care to enrol sunna in day care one day a week . i was a little concerned about the floors [tile with a little grippy stuff on them ] kinda of slick but not like waxed . anyway don't know if i should let her go now cause i know they will be running and jumping all over the place would'nt want to chance her falling on those floors and hurting her back like harlow did does anyone think it's a bad idea for sunna to go to day care ? don't really like the parks cause dogs there can be aggresive or not have vacs. any suggestions welcome thanks from one bored dog !!

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That's a tuffy Sunna. If we're me no I wouldn't want my boy there and possibly injuring himself. Do you have a flirt pole and a grassy area you could play with her ? The flirt pole is now Ares favorite toy but we only play with that in the front yard because our backyard is all concrete. I don't like him running on the concrete cuz he could hurt himself. I just wanted to add dog fights can happen in doggie day cares and worst part is you aren't there to stop it so you'll have to trust the staff can break it up and keep your baby girl safe. 

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Thanks everyone for the well wishes. Harlow is completely her old self now but I have to admit, I'm being a bit of a worrier now. She has a couple more days of tapering of the prednisone and muscle relaxants but hasn't had any pain meds for a couple of days. The vet said these long bodied dogs, especially when young and rambunctious are prone to those sorts of injuries. Wrestling, twisting, turning, jumping up in the air, all the stuff they love to do. I can't stop her from being a puppy, it's what she lives for!

 

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Oh my gosh....I was feeling panic as I was reading your story!  Good to find out it was something simple and treatable.  DJ had a similar incident a couple of weeks ago.  We took a long walk with a group of dog walkers, then to the dog park for an hour or so.  Next day, she could barely move her front feet and legs, all the way up to her shoulders was stiff and she was walking like a robot thats batteries were wearing down.  I was of course scared to death.  Nothing seemed to be hurting her, and by the time we got through the weekend and I could take her to the vet on Monday, she was starting to improve.  It was just sore muscles.  Darn dogs....dont they KNOW how freaked out we get over them???????

Glad that Harlow is much better now.

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aresmydobi i just learned of the flirt pole will make one for her since we have bambo all over .but my back yard is on a slope the front yard level and grass but no fence don't know how that would work could put her long lead on and play in front ! i sometimes just want to wrap her in bubble wrap till she is two years old lol hope everyone has a great weekend we will be staying in as the temps here are near 1oo degrees tooooo hot !!!!!

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I don't use a lead but probably should but he's so focused on that flirt pole not even a cat running could take his focus off of it Hahahaha I'll put a long line on him from now on:)