To say our past few weeks with Lily have been a roller caster is an understatement. The whirlwind of emotions have been very difficult to process and I am just now coming down from the intense emotional state I’ve been in for three weeks. I’m putting this blog entry into three parts because that’s how our past three weeks have felt… like three completely different parts.
Part one of Lily’s girl’s most recent ordeal:
We noticed Lily was limping a bit on one of her legs and was knuckling her back feet. For those who don’t know what that means, basically she was flipping her back feet over and taking a long time to correct them. When you take a dog’s paw and turn it under and place it on the ground, most dogs flip it back up into its normal position instantly. Lily was taking a few seconds which indicated a nerve or back issue. She went to her regular vet and we were told she likely had a bulging disk or a disease called degenerative myelopathy. A bulging disk could mean few thousand dollar investment and degenerative myelopathy meant a death sentence. Most dogs only survive six months to a year after that diagnosis. We were told to seek out a specialty vet clinic that had an MRI machine so we could have a look at Lily’s back. We found a specialty vet and emergency center who could do the MRI and set us up with an appointment with a neurologist. We knew the appointment would be very pricey but who can put a price on that information? Whether your dog would live or die in six months. Needless to say, we were incredibly worried for that appointment.