Lt. Gizmo Lee McGheewok, Defender of Fort Backyard

Just when I started really hanging out in this blog again...we had a major crisis at our house. One of our darling, gorgeous, PERFECT dogs was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease (say that 5 times fast). We found this out because his back legs simply quit working normally one day. So, the last 2 weeks have been lots of visits to the vet, lots of cage confinement for Gizzy Lee, lots of hand wringing and crying and wondering what we should do. We finally took him to the University of Illinois, which is apparently where all of the animal neurosurgeons hang out. We decided to go ahead and have them perform surgery on his spine.

It's amazing. He walks funny, but he's absolutely walking again. So, this post is dedicated to all of the great things that I intend on buying him when he's finished with his rehab....and I get done paying off his vet bills :)

Super cute, eco-friendly pet bed (in pink and green, of course!):

and matching pink and green collar:

(both from Annie's Sweat Shop)

Newman's Own Organic Dog Treats (I love Newman's Own....I mean, the people food. Specifically, the Fig Newmans. I haven't tried the dog treats. I'm sure they're delicious.):

(Available at Petco)

Intervertebral Disc Disease is actually a really, super serious condition with dogs. We caught it with Gizmo pretty early, so his prognosis is fantastic. However, it can progress from mild pain to complete paralysis within days....sometimes even hours. Apparently it's very common with corgis, beagles, dachsunds and pekingese (Gizmo's a pekingese) so if you have one of those breeds, it's definitely worth reading up on. Also, if you happened to come upon this blog because your dog is in this same situation and you're wondering what to do, feel free to contact me and I'll happily share any information that I have with you. (heylola (at) sbcglobal (dot) net)

P.S. Recovering nicely now:


Unknown said...

Aw, glad you were able to fix him!! He looks pretty happy as he's recovering

Insanitykim said...

Awww bless his little heart!

My parents flew our 140 rottweiler to Seattle for disk surgery on his neck when he slipped on the icy stairs outside and messed up his neck. He had 9 great years after that and it was all well worth it! Hope he fully recovers soon!! :)

auntie said...

poor little guy with no back fur! hope it grows back quickly :)

Annie's Sweatshop said...

woof woof :)

Kathleen Coy said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about poor Gizmo! I hope he is still doing well?


annechovie said...

I hope Gizmo comes back happier and stronger than ever!

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