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Old March 21st 07, 03:49 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Oppie's LP surgery is today. (Oppie is an 11-year old yellow
Lab.) A unilateral tieback is planned. My husband has driven him
to a regional specialist hospital in Albuquerque, and I'll be
able to join him tomorrow afternoon. The vet likes to keep the
patients overnight for two nights; with luck we'll bring him home
on Friday. Oppie has not gone into respiratory crisis, but the
paralysis clearly is getting worse, so we decided to go ahead
with the surgery before the weather gets hot and before he gets
debilitated by the condition.

The decision and setting up the surgery were complicated by two
other things going on with him. First, he has been drinking more
than normal, and the specific gravity of his urine is moderately
low. We've ruled out diabetes and Cushing's disease, and blood
work and urinalysis haven't turned up anything else and are
otherwise normal. Hypertension may be the cause - that was just
diagnosed a week ago and he is on BP meds now.

And he is blind in one eye - it probably happened sometime last
fall, judging from snapshots that do and then later don't show
the green reflection from the flash in that eye. The internist
who did his pre-op neurological exam spotted the blindness; we
hadn't noticed. The retina has degenerated, and the
ophthalmologist said that he could see inflammation and
spot-bleeds. He thinks it's related to the hypertension, but
doesn't have a definitive diagnosis yet.

Even so, none of these specialists think there is a reason not to
go ahead with the surgery, so that is what we are doing.

Forging ahead with fingers crossed -

FurPaw
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Old March 21st 07, 04:15 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Default Oppie's surgery for laryngeal paralysis is today

FurPaw wrote in
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Forging ahead with fingers crossed -


Good luck! We'll be thinking of you and Oppie!

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Old March 21st 07, 04:31 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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On Wed, 21 Mar 2007 09:49:41 -0600, FurPaw
wrote:

Oppie's LP surgery is today. (Oppie is an 11-year old yellow
Lab.) A unilateral tieback is planned. My husband has driven him
to a regional specialist hospital in Albuquerque, and I'll be
able to join him tomorrow afternoon. The vet likes to keep the
patients overnight for two nights; with luck we'll bring him home
on Friday. Oppie has not gone into respiratory crisis, but the
paralysis clearly is getting worse, so we decided to go ahead
with the surgery before the weather gets hot and before he gets
debilitated by the condition.

The decision and setting up the surgery were complicated by two
other things going on with him. First, he has been drinking more
than normal, and the specific gravity of his urine is moderately
low. We've ruled out diabetes and Cushing's disease, and blood
work and urinalysis haven't turned up anything else and are
otherwise normal. Hypertension may be the cause - that was just
diagnosed a week ago and he is on BP meds now.

And he is blind in one eye - it probably happened sometime last
fall, judging from snapshots that do and then later don't show
the green reflection from the flash in that eye. The internist
who did his pre-op neurological exam spotted the blindness; we
hadn't noticed. The retina has degenerated, and the
ophthalmologist said that he could see inflammation and
spot-bleeds. He thinks it's related to the hypertension, but
doesn't have a definitive diagnosis yet.

Even so, none of these specialists think there is a reason not to
go ahead with the surgery, so that is what we are doing.

Forging ahead with fingers crossed -


Fingers and many paws crosse here for Oppie and you. IMO it's good
that he's staying in the hospital for a couple of nights, so that by
the time he comes home he's had food and water and knows he has to
swallow differently. It didn't take our Anna long at all to learn how
to use her new throat. I'm also glad to see that he had a
neurological exam prior to surgery.

Best wishes to all of you.

Mustang Sally

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Old March 21st 07, 04:49 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Forging ahead with fingers crossed -


more fingers and paws crossed here for Oppie along with best wishes for a
speedy recovery


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Old March 22nd 07, 12:13 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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"FurPaw" wrote in message
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Oppie's LP surgery is today


........best of luck to your pup. Please post back.

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Old March 22nd 07, 01:18 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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"FurPaw" wrote in message:

Forging ahead with fingers crossed -


Fingers and paws crossed. Here's to hoping for the bestest possible
outcome.

Suja


 




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