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Monday, March 10, 2008

Tater Update

The vet proclaimed, after examining Tater and managing to elicit a few yelps, that in all likelihood Tater has a pinched nerve in his back. He deduced pinch nerve, as opposed to slipped or pinched disk because when it involves the disk in dogs there is frequently some amount of paralysis. Tater has none. In fact, when walking Tater is his normal tail-wagging self.

I don't know why I didn't think back, but I have to admit that it never crossed my mind. I wholeheartedly assumed that it would be a leg or hip problem. In part this is good news, because it means no surgery. In a way it is bad news because there is very little that we can do for it medically. The vet gave us an anti-inflammatory, which Tater will get twice a day for the next week. And Tater now has a personal elevator (mom and dad) for when he wants to get onto or off the bed or sofa... not exactly the perfect timing to be moving into a house with steep stairs, but that's what baby gates are for! And of course, even once this pinch heals (which will hopefully be quickly) just like people, once a dog has hurt his back he is much more likely to do it again. So, this is something that we could be looking at with Tater on and off for the rest of his life.

But at least I know what is now wrong with my "baby." That is very reassuring.


Merrilee said...

Thank goodness that Tater's injury doesn't require surgery!! But still, it's hard to explain to a dog why he can't do what he used to do, like climb stairs or jump up on things. I hope he gets to feeling better soon!!!!

Donna said...

Glad your baby is OK. Nothing too horrible. Hope he heals quickly.

moondaiseez said...

Oh, I just got back on the internet and read your blog. Monty says he hopes tater feels better and will come to visit him soon.

And congratulations on the house! that is so exciting.

Alice said...

Hope he feels better soon.

Alaina said...

I'm so glad he doesn't need surgery! Hope he feels better very soon!

amy said...

poor Tater! at least he won't need surgery!