Wednesday, January 20, 2010
What a day with a whirlwind of emotions. Thank those of you who sent me comments and goodies about having to have my beautiful 5 year old lab put to sleep today. That is on hold for the moment.
After Emily (my oldest daughter) and I spent a long time talking with the vet, we decided to wait and not have him put to sleep today. He said it's a disc problem (I thought it was his hips-but he said his hip XR is completely normal) and that the inflammation was pinching a nerve causing complete paralysis of his hind legs. He gave him Valium this morning while I was there and he was resting nicely when I just left again. I've been back and forth 4 times asking questions and trying to decide what to do...the last time with Emily when we really thought we were going to say goodbye. He said with IV steroids and pain meds and total rest there, there is a slight chance (15-20%) he will recover fully. There should be marked improvement by Saturday if it is going to work. As long as he's comfortable now and not in pain, I can't not do it. Cody deserves that chance. This gives me time to think and time to prepare in case it doesn't work. I couldn't just say yes and not try everything available to help. He was very blunt and pretty much said he didn't think it would work, but the choice was up to me. I still feel horrible, but I'm happy he's there, safe, comfortable and getting every opportunity available to him at this point.
Cody is a 5 year young black lab. He and his sister Prancer have been with us since birth (mostly). We adopted their mom, Angel from an ad in the paper, only to get her and see her getting bigger and bigger and then obviously pregnant! Just about 2 months after Angel's arrival in our home, she had 10 beautiful yellow and black lab puppies! Two were stillborn, leaving us with 8. They were born Dec 1, 2004, so we named them after the 8 reindeer :-) We chose to keep Prancer and found homes for all others once they were weaned and had their shots. Cody's original name was Blitzen, but he was renamed Malikai by his new owner. A month down the road, he was returned to us because his new family found out they had to move and didn't want him anymore. He found another new home and was renamed yet again to Cody and when he was a year old, I got a call that he wouldn't stay in their yard and that he kept getting into doggie jail. As much as they loved him, they couldn't keep him. So, at one year of age, he came back to us. I didn't have the heart to rename him again, so he's been Cody ever since.
Thanks again for all of your good wishes and please keep Cody in your thoughts.