Tuesday, October 12, 2010

beagle medical emergency

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hi all,

I have some sad news. Our Beagle, Harrison, had to be taken to the vet hospital on Friday afternoon for an emergency operation to his spine. He slipped a disc in his back and is paralyzed from the waist down. (I know it's really sad. We haven't been able to stop crying. Apparently this is very common in Beagles, and the doctors knew just what to do.)

The great news is the doctors were able to locate and repair the damaged disc, and we are hopeful that he will regain full use of his hind legs over the next few weeks/months. Odds are 50% to 60% that he will. We are picking him up on Monday. The situation is certainly manageable, though difficult emotionally. I never knew I could love a dog, especially this much!!

As shocking as sad as all this is, it is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and we are truly thankful that we got him to the hospital in time to save his life, though we have to watch him carefully the first 10 days. He stands a very good chance at a full recovery due to his age, his otherwise perfect health, and his strong will. Here's to medical science and miracles!

I will keep you updated if anything changes.


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