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My Recent and Upcoming Sporadic Absence 8 years 2 months ago #1

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I haven't been able to pay as much attention to FPZ as I should recently, and it looks like I still won't be able to for the next few days. My oldest dog has developed sudden paresis (near-paralysis) of the rear legs and needs a lot of attention. Since my wife and I only have one vehicle, we need to make special arrangements to share it so I can drive it back and forth to the vet while she's at work, so this is taking up a lot more of my time than I'd like. Today I'm doing over 7 hours of driving just so I can have a vehicle to drive Otto to the vet. Our dogs are like children to us, and Otto's health is more important to me than my own.

My sincere apologies to everyone here. I hope this gets resolved soon (in a positive way).
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My Recent and Upcoming Sporadic Absence 8 years 2 months ago #2

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Good luck with everything Frank, I hope that your dog recovers soon.

I know what it's like being too busy to post here. I have some catching up to do myself.
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Re: My Recent and Upcoming Sporadic Absence 8 years 2 months ago #3

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Yes, take care of your pooch. I hope for a positive resolution as well.

Tim
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Re: My Recent and Upcoming Sporadic Absence 8 years 2 months ago #4

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My heart goes out to you and the family Frank... And especially to Otto

Nothing but positive thoughts from this side of the country... A speedy recovery.
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Re: My Recent and Upcoming Sporadic Absence 8 years 2 months ago #5

All the best for the family Frank. Lots of love
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My Recent and Upcoming Sporadic Absence 8 years 2 months ago #6

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Thanks for all the well-wishes! Otto definitely needs them (and so do I).

Immediately after I started this thread, Otto suddenly deteriorated and I had to rush him to the vet. I seriously thought he was going to die on the spot, but he seemed to get better during the drive to the vet. The doctor confirmed he has Intervertebral Disc Disease (herniated disc), which is the kind of thing an old basset will do to himself when he thinks he's still young (and Otto is nothing if not young at heart). He's going to be confined to a crate for the next month and will be taking Prednisone to lessen the pain and speed up recovery. Hopefully within a couple months, he'll be back to his old self. Meanwhile, he's spending a couple days at the vet for further testing and observation.

It's amazing how much information is available on the web. I diagnosed his condition myself 2 days ago, and wasn't surprised one bit when the vet confirmed it (I didn't offer my opinion, just waited to hear the doc's verdict). Being able to understand the vet's technical gibberish today was very reassuring. I don't want to go back to the dark ages that were the mid-90's.

Lucky bastard, he gets to take drugs and feel great while I try and keep him from making himself worse.
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My Recent and Upcoming Sporadic Absence 8 years 2 months ago #7

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I'm sending out positive thoughts to Otto.
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My Recent and Upcoming Sporadic Absence 8 years 2 months ago #8

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so sorry to hear this Frank. Wishing Otto the very best and you two hang in there with this emotional rollercoaster.
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My Recent and Upcoming Sporadic Absence 8 years 2 months ago #9

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Keep the faith Frank.
If you're half as tough as Otto you'll both pull through this problem.

I'll be seeing you and the family in a couple weeks. :D
And I get to be reunited with my fish-eye, too!
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Re: My Recent and Upcoming Sporadic Absence 8 years 2 months ago #10

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hope everything turns out well with your dogs. Take care!
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