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After a couple of scary and trying days, we are very happy to report some Kiska good news after a visit with our veterinarian.
After a string of clear, autumn days, Mother Nature decided to throw some turbulent, stormy weather our way. Since Hu-Dad was still using the sling to protect Kiska if she fell, that meant he got the joy of going outside in the driving rain with her – several times. Of course, she chose to accomplish the quick task each trip and save the more difficult task. So when we took off for her vet appointment, she wanted to be fully cooperative by providing a healthy sample for the fecal exam. Just a wee bit early. In Hu-Dad’s Jeep. Oops.
On the bright side, that particular test was all clear. More importantly, her blood work also came back normal, ruling out all of the nastiest possibilities for her episode Saturday night. A series of x-rays of her spine also ruled out scary possibilities and highlighted the most likely problem – some squeezing of the nerve. While it may sound dramatic, anyone who has ever “thrown their back out” knows exactly how debilitating sudden back pain can be. The reality is that something happened that caused a sudden shock – stepping in a hole, colliding with a certain Cotton Ball whose head is not as soft as his fur (Hu-Dad knows), or something similar – and she needed time to recover from it. The above picture shows that she is standing on her own and using her back legs. – a dramatic improvement from a total loss of back leg use Saturday night.
Miss Kiska had a laser treatment and started a regimen of drugs to combat chronic pain – treatments that have been quite successful for other members of The Herd. We will do a follow up exam later this week to determine if we are on the right course, but the general prognosis is quite good. We are all happy at the news – Miss Kiska most of all.
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