This is a story of
a rescue dog named Norman. It was a Saturday morning in April of
2007 when I did a pet search for a Dachshund somewhere in Ontario.
Turns out one shelter had a 5 year old doxie that had been found in a
farmers field eating dirt and rocks. The lady who found him, was named
Nora so we decided to name him Norman. He had been in a shelter
for almost 5 days and nobody had come to get him. Late on Saturday
we received the call that we could adopt him. We were so in joy knowing
we could bring in this dog and nurture him back to health. After
all he had been through the past six months things have been working well
with his rehabilitation. Suddenly on a Sunday morning in September
he started making horrible squeeking sounds. We weren't too sure what
was happening. He was having a difficult time carrying his back
legs around and acting very different . We got him to the emergency vet
in London Ontario. The vet inspected his back and informed us that he
may have a ruptured disc and had to have x-rays. Sure enough
there was an area that was of concern to him. He suggested at that
time to use a steroidal medicine to help ease the pain and help with the
problem. The medicine we gave him for a few days did nothing but cause
more sleepless nights and tearful moments. We then took him into
our regular vet for a series of tests. The vet took him off the
steroid realizing that he had a reaction to the steroidal treatment and
wanted to try a non steroidal type for Norman. At this point the
pain was too great for him and the doc administered Torbutrol ,a really
strong pain killer to ease the pain.
Update on Norman ... He is home now from having another successful surgery over Easter weekend completed on T11/12. We had heard fenestrating the other discs was a good idea so they fenestrated the discs down to T3 to hopefully prevent this from happening again . As of this writing Norman has healed well.
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