Thanks for all of your warm wishes for Gizmo’s recovery. Latest news is that after showing no improvement on Friday Gizzy was transferred to a specialist vet centre at the Gold Coast where he was assessed by an orthopaedic surgeon. He has lost use of his hind legs from half-way down his spine which we were told could be due to two conditions – FCE (fibrocartilaginous embolism) or a herniated disc. He can still feel pain from his feet and tail but cannot move them. After a myelogram (a test using injected dye to observe soft tissue around the spine) was performed on Friday night the doctor said Gizzy has likely suffered an FCE. This is when a small amount of debris (possibly from around the disc) block a blood vessel supplying blood to the spine.
So people the next 3 weeks are a waiting game – some dogs partially or fully recover during this window and others don’t. The treatment is physiotherapy, patience and love. Lucky for Gizzy Grandpa and Grandma have plenty of these to give. Gizzy is still in hospital on the Gold Coast until early next week and is having intensive physio. He’s missing home and is a bit confused about what is going on but is such a brave boy and is in pretty good spirits.
Anyway that’s all for now people – again thank you all for your kind thoughts & well wishes.
© Beatrice Bella Fauve and Bella Vizsla, 2011