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Re: Tia

Postby Hoonercat » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:26 pm

Tia was really down in the dumps all the way back from Belgium on Tuesday, but as soon as she sniffed that we were close to him she brightened up and it wasn't long before she was back to her normal chatty self. I have to say it's very easy to forget yourself when she comes running up with a ball in her mouth, instinct says grab it and play then you remember that you shouldn't in case she tries to tug it.


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Tia is doing really well, the length of her walks has been cut right back and all rope toys put away. She is allowed to have a kong and a tennis ball but only when I'm watching her - we seem to have discovered an endless supply of kongs and tennis balls, long thought lost but obviously just hidden away under various bushes :D
We have a great walking routine, get in the car and drive for 2 minutes (so we avoid pavement walking) to a field where a 5 minute walk brings us to a stream (her favourite). We spend about 30-50 minutes just relaxing (depending on time of day), Tia is allowed to potter round the stream, explore etc and I bring some dry food (having cut down her breakfast) to scatter now and then to keep her mind busy and free of any stick-like thoughts :D Then a 5 minute walk back to the car. We're usually out for about an hour each time (1.5 hours today) which gives her the impression that we're still having long walks when she's really only getting a few minutes. Now that the lighter evening are here I'll be able to continue doing this once back to work. The lack of having a ball to chase does seem to be turning her attention to other potential sources of fun though


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Enjoying the stream
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Snuffling in the grass for her dry food

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Relaxing in the sun
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On the scrounge for more food :D
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She has been a bit perplexed at the lack of playtime. We've spent hours in the garden and Tia thinks garden = play and has told me off a few times for ignoring her attempts to get me to throw her ball or kong. Yesterday I was mowing the lawns while ignoring the 'please throw my ball' face, so she began to drop the ball directly in the path of the lawnmower, assuming I would kick it out of the way so she could chase it. Each time I just picked the ball up and placed it to my side, she makes some very funny noises of frustration :D but eventually got bored and went off to chew her kong.

She's snoring away on the sofa now (courtesy of her dog ramp), the first time she's slept all day.
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Re: Tia

Postby Julieh » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:50 pm

Bless her heart, she sounds like she's having a wonderful time , it may be a little different than before , but just as wonderful .
Can I ask where you got your ramp from , my husband has made a make shift one for the steps in the garden but I think I'll need to get one for when Billy's allowed to walk a bit more for the settee.:-)
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Re: Tia

Postby Hoonercat » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:09 pm

Hi Julie, got the ramp from Amazon, however it's doubled in price since I bought Tia's for some reason.
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Re: Tia

Postby staffylevi » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:15 pm

Bless her heart. She is so lucky to have a daddy like you John... what a team!! Lovely vids of a gawjus girl... brought a smile to my face. xx
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Re: Tia

Postby Julieh » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:26 pm

Thank you , I'll have a look :-)
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Re: Tia

Postby Hoonercat » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:33 pm

Quick update. I took Tia back for a checkup 2 weeks ago, surgeon is pleased with her progress and feels she is more stable front-to-back (ie now that the meds have had an effect on her front legs she is distributing her weight more equally). Her back legs aren't improving and won't improve, the aim is to get her to put more weight on her front legs so she is less reliant on her back legs. I've restarted her acupuncture course as this has always been good in stimulating the nerves and giving her more feeling in her back legs - her back-right leg is dragging more when she walks so I'm hoping that restarting the acupuncture helps as it did previously.

As she hasn't had any adverse reaction to the pain killers her meds have been upped. She hasn't shown any more signs of pain since she started the meds, other than one time when she tried to play with a Collie she met on her walk. She seems her usual happy self getting on with life and making the most of it.

People have asked why she can't be operated on, so here's the explanation. She has 8 herniated discs, 6 in her back and 2 in her neck, of varying degrees. To be able to operate, there has to be a gap of 5 discs between each hernia - the spine would collapse if an operation was carried out where the discs are closer together, being unable to support the weight. The surgeon said he did operate on one dog with 3 herniated discs all close together by inserting a supporting plate beneath the spine, but this is a very dangerous op and he wouldn't suggest it for Tia as the dog in question was both young and completely paralyzed and the only other option was euthanasia whereas Tia is still relatively mobile and may continue to be for some time (hopefully).

If paralysis occurs then she will be re-scanned and the surgeon will be able to see clearly which of the discs is causing the paralysis, at which point he can operate (providing it is not multiple discs causing the paralysis). Once a dog reaches this stage the success rate drops but it will be the only option, other than a doggy-cart but that will put more weight on her front legs which are arthritic. We'll worry about that if and when the time comes.

At some point I will star a new thread with more info about why we chose this clinic in Belgium, as I'd like people to realize that there is an alternative to paying for pet insurance which only increases significantly with the age of your dog. You'll be gobsmacked at the difference in costs between the UK and EU countries where there is no pet insurance market sign_omg.gif As an example, the last consultation in Belgium was 20 euros, and that was with a specialist surgeon.

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Re: Tia

Postby Hoonercat » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:07 pm

Hoonercat wrote: Her back legs aren't improving and won't improve,


Just re-read and think I should explain this a bit better. Compared to how she was in the two weeks before her consultation, her back legs have improved as far as stability is concerned. That sounds at odds with her dragging her back-right leg more, but the legs do appear to be stronger. They aren't actually 'improving' in themselves, it's more the effect of her front legs improving which is allowing her to put more weight on the front, less weight on the rear means she isn't losing her footing anywhere near as much as before.
I'm hoping the acupuncture stimulates more feeling in her back-right leg which is dragging more. During the first consultation the surgeon suggested stopping the acupuncture temporarily as he needed to see any improvement from the injections and meds without any outside influence. Now that he has seen that improvement he's happy for her to continue with the acupuncture.
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Re: Tia

Postby staffylevi » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:42 pm

Glad Tia is doing well John... She looks fab and is clearly having a great time with the hosepipe! 0002.gif] Keep up the good work Tia. thumbs.gif
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Re: Tia

Postby Dawn Allen » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:56 pm

So sorry to hear about Tia John but good to hear she is doing well under the circumstances. Beautiful pics and videos of the lovely lady. Would be very interested to hear about her progress and developments and the Belgian vet costs and experiences. Sending healing thoughts to you and Tia angel13.gif]
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Re: Tia

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Re: Tia

Postby Dawn Allen » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:14 pm

Lovely pics of Tia John and very interesting reading re the insurance and vets experiences you have kindly shared. I think it is good to do some research and have a range of options and resources before needing them in an emergency ideally. I do have insurance and so far all has been very well. Having recently experienced an out of hours clinic I would especially suggest exploring with vets their set up for emergencies. Very sadly I lost my Benson two weeks ago. Had to take him to out of hours clinic who didn't deal with insurance claims directly so I had to pay £2k there and then. I am sure if I hadn't had the money they would have refused treatment but of course I don't know that for sure. I had a lot to take in, with Benson being so poorly and in a new surgery with a new vet and different ways of working. It was a mixed experience but my focus and attention was on Benson to give him what he needed. It was a difficult and emotional evening and night and I lost him in the early hours. It was sudden and unexpected so still in shock. So, my suggestion would be to definitely check all options, have a good range of support and understand emergency protocols and the insurance cover. I would always have public liability in case of an accident and so far, my insurers, E&L have paid up with no quibbles to date. Everything changes once dogs are eight with most insurers with higher percentages having to be paid by the policy holder and more exclusions. I also have life time cover which means the £4k cover is renewed each month rather than annually. Thanks again for sharing your experience with Tia John. Sending healing thoughts. :icon_barking_dog-116.gif:
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Re: Tia

Postby MandaTK » Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:49 pm

John it was SUCH a pleasure to meet Tia yesterday at Guildford. What a beautiful girl she is and such a friendly little darling. Thank you for having Rosie and Thank you so much to dear little Tia. xx
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