So, unexpected trip to Columbia, MO

Anywhere in MO, if you say, “Columbia” to a dog person — or a really committed and experienced pet person of any kind, no doubt — you are using shorthand for “The vet hospital associated with the University of Missouri in Columbia.”

So I am in Columbia today, with Pippa. Here she is in the hotel room:

Pippa had a pretty bad week last week. She experienced sudden severe pain and considerable distress, seemingly a neck problem, but it was hard to be sure. Pain killers didn’t really work; prednisone didn’t really work; a visit to a chiropractor didn’t really work; so here we are.

Best guess is a disc issue with her neck. Tomorrow she’ll have an MRI. At the moment she looks like a great candidate for surgery because she is basically as healthy as a dog half her age.

So this is why I may be online less than usual this week. However, I did bring my laptop with me, so we’ll see.

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3 thoughts on “So, unexpected trip to Columbia, MO”

  1. From someone who has also done the take beloved pet to the vet school hospital thing, I hope they figure it out quickly and that it is treatable.

  2. The MRI suggests it is indeed a herniated disk, as suspected, and the prognosis for that is apparently very good. But they want to do a CAT scan to look at some other thing about her neck and then they may decide to do surgery tomorrow rather than today.

    Apparently they will insist on keeping her for some days post surgery — they will give her antianxiety meds because she will be very upset to be here (at the hospital; I’m using their WiFi) instead of at home with me. Then six weeks of crate rest — I will cheat by using an x-pen and I will put her on the couch with me when I’m at home. But they seem to think there is a very good chance the surgery will relieve the pain and she is in such good condition there is no reason she shouldn’t have several more good years.

    As a side note, her breeder will be happy that the MRI confirmed Pippa doesn’t have subclinical syringomyelia, a condition this breeder has been working very hard to breed away from for decades.

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