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by Patricia Henson
This is Molly's story.....Molly
ruptured a disc in her back August 20th, 2010. We have always had ramps
in our home but somehow Molly still managed to be stricken with back problems.
She is the light of my life. I was completely overcome with grief as I
stood in front of the Vet while he told me she was past the point of surgery
and that I should put her down. I refused to believe it.
We went home that day with predisone and muscle relaxers. She has had
two cortisone injections since that vet visit. I went back the following
week and by this time Molly could not walk. She had no control of her
bowels or bladder. All the while Molly never appeared to be in pain, she
just seemed depressed. Molly was completely paralyzed from the waist down.
The vet then refused to treat her any further. He seem to be miffed with
me as I would not listen to him. I began researching the internet and
found Dodgerslist. I soon realized it was not a death sentence and if
Molly was going to recover it would be up to me.
I began her on vitamin C and B12 along with glucosamine. I made all her
meals with boiled chicken and rice. I watched videos on how to express
her bowels and bladder. I have kept Molly crated constantly for the past
3 weeks except for potty time. I took a week off from work to care for
her. She was absolutely dependent on me 100%. I bought a portable playpen
bassinet for Molly to sleep in at night. It is lonely in my bed without
her but she is right next to me and I will take no chances on a relapse.
About the end of the second week I began to notice Molly started wagging
her tail, barking and trying to get up. She started letting me know she
needed to go out and last thursday she began to potty on her own. What
a wonderful site that was. I was clapping singing her praises and she
responded like the old Molly. She has only had one accident this past
week. She is eating normal food again and has regained full tail wagging
along with walking. Her left leg is still wobbly so I limit her movement
for now. I continue to do exercises with her legs daily.
It was alot of work and it took dedication along with patience.....but
I would do it all again. I am so grateful for Dodgerslist, without this
forum I may have given up on Molly. Dodgerslist saved Molly and Me.
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