I promised a few days ago that I would fill you in on Spankys visit to the veterinary neurologist. I guess it was good news and bad news. The first vet had diagnosed his problem as a degenerating spinal cord, which has no cure. But the neurologist says it most probably is a disc problem in his spine just above his tail, which could be helped with surgery. Here's the bad news...he can't (or won't) do surgery with out an MRI, and the cost for an MRI is estimated somewhere between $2600-$4000! Then, of course, there would be the cost of the surgery, with no guarantee that it would help.
Here's the problem...I don't know very many people who can come up with that money, especially in this scary economy. The dr. has put Spanky on a steroid, Prednisone, which may help a bit. We're crossing all fingers and toes that it does. Guilt and frustration have taken my brain over. We love our little dog, and wish we could help him. But at the risk of sounding uncaring, I have to say "We can't spend that much money".
Spanky is almost 9 years old, and we're hoping the medication will help. We'll just keep enjoying his funny face as long as we can.
And on a lighter note:
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