Our boy, Jackson, herniated or slipped a disc last night getting on our bed. (our bed is on the floor, not even a frame).
His back legs became paralyzed and he was screaming in anguish. We rushed him to a 24 hour vet where they whisked him away and administered pain meds. My husband and I held each other and cried in an exam room until they came back in to confirm he would need to stay overnight, get an MRI in the morning, and most likely undergo spinal surgery, followed by 8 weeks of strict bed rest.
Right now I am waiting for the vet to call with the results of the surgery consult to confirm that he needs surgery. He's been at the hospital since 10:30PM last night and I am a mess waiting for answers.
If anyone has been through this and has any advice or words of encouragement, I would be grateful.
He is such an active dog. We will comply with all post-surgery instructions carefully. My biggest fear is that he will continue to try to jump, run, play, go upstairs, etc in the coming months. How do you keep them from doing what they have always done? How do you keep them occupied during bed rest?