My three year old French Bulldog, Albus, was just diagnosed with Grade 5 IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) and had emergency surgery.
I’m sorry I have been away from the blog and posting recipes. Unfortunately, it’s been a trying time for us.
My friends and I went away to Park City, Utah to go on a little snowboarding vacation and unfortunately when I came home, it was to find that Albus, my three year old French Bulldog, no longer had the use of his back legs.
Talk about heartbreaking.
We immediately rushed him to the ER vet where he was diagnosed with IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease). Unfortunately, he had gone down hill very fast and was a grade 5 (the worst you can possibly be) and had already lost the use of his back legs, bladder and bowel control and deep pain which is the last thing to go.
So we were looking at a very uphill battle.
The ER vet we were at did not have an available surgeon so we drove 30 minutes away to Orange County where one was available. We got very lucky that an excellent neurosurgeon was able to give Albus surgery.
After they did a quick exam on Albus there, they gave us a 5-10% chance of Albus ever walking again with the surgery. Without the surgery, there was no chance of him walking and he would be incontinent for life.
We opted for the surgery. Even with such small odds and a very hefty price tag ($8700 to be exact — please get pet insurance!), that little bit of hope was enough for us to go ahead with it. I just couldn’t not do it and ever have to live with any type of regret.
Albus had two discs that ruptured which put pressure on his spinal cord, causing paralysis. The disc material also cut a blood vessel so there was a lot of bleeding as well. Fortunately, he came out of the surgery well and although we are still so unsure about where we will go from here, we are so thankful to have had the option to get him the surgery and also that we had such a great neurosurgeon.
Albus will be in the hospital for a few days but we can’t wait to see him again and start fighting this battle with him.