Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Franklin - Post Dog Disc Surgery Update

Tyler (top) cuddles Franklin
Two weeks ago, our 10 year old red Dachshund, Franklin had emergency surgery to correct a ruptured disc in his spine. His recovery has been slow.
   Franklin's back legs were paralyzed when the disc ruptured and the doctor told us it means FOUR weeks of post-surgery bed rest. The rehab would come after that.
  For the first 2 weeks, we had to "tail walk"Franklin, bending over and trying to get him to use his legs (it was hard on our backs, too!). Now we're putting a bathrobe tie under his tummy (near back legs) and he's at least now moving his legs.   However, he can't stand on them. His legs are too weak. 
   We do leg exercises with him daily, and carry him in and outside. He won't be able to climb or descend stairs anymore, sadly.  Regardless, his spirit is still strong and a dish of food means he'll drag himself across the room (although we discourage that). 
   His left rear leg crosses in front of his right one, so when that happens he stops and sits. The right leg still isn't strong enough to stand on its own either.
   Soon we'll look into laser and hydro therapy  - when the four weeks of bed rest are over. That's in early October.   
Franklin in the 1st week, being "tail walked" at the surgeon's office

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next