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Hello all. Our pup has a major problem with the bones in his upper vertebrae. Apparently his 'axiol bone' never developed and his upper vertebrae is twisted putting alot of pressure on the nerves. We knew there was something 'off' from the beginning as he had a permanent head tilt, and would stumble and get painful leg cramps with yelping fits.

As he grew it got worse, and now he seems to be in pain alot of the time. This passed month he has become a different dog, doesn't play or run, or make mischief like he used to.

We brought him for x rays and its pretty serious. The vet is going to send it to a specialist to see if he thinks he can fix it by fusing two bones together. Vet said the total cost, including MRI might be as much as 5-7K. I'm not going to lie, this hurts and comes at a really bad time. We were planning our belated honeymoon because we never got to take one. Looks like one or the other might not happen. But I just wouldnt feel right about putting our puppy down so we could afford to go vacationing. It'll all depend on what the specialist says, because the vet said they might not be able to do anything at all. Not sure the purpose of this post, just felt like venting, very sad here today.
 

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Just to add to the issue, when we were taking him home yesterday he was groggy and in pain. When I opened the car door to let him out he fell head first out of the car and twisted his neck with the full force of his body weight behind it. He yelped for a full minute and lay there twitching and shaking. I thought he was paralyzed ( which is a very real possibility at this point according to the vet he could get paralyzed at anytime and his diaphragm wouldnt work and he could die ). He slowly got to his feet though and went inside and sacked out on his pillow.

I swear he's got to be the most unlucky little puppy in the world.
 

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Trainwrek, I'm very sorry to hear that and feel you. If personal feelings matter for you in this difficult time, I wouldn't do that surgery on a pup, but that's just me. Regardless of anything else happening in my life at the time, or not. I just have to say I was sorry to see someone was going through this. :awh:
 

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Sorry to hear that. I understand its a tough decision.
I had a choice on a cat for a $3K+ operation, sorry to say, as much as I loved that cat he just was not worth that much to me.
Don't feel too bad if you choose to have him put down instead. (easy to say, hard to do) 5-7K is a whole lot of money especially when there are never any guarantee's that he would make it through the operation and if he made it that he would live a long and pain free life.
 

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We had a pup with a very similar problem. The poor thing was in agony. The cost for an operation was more than $2,000 and there was no guarantee of success. And what is "success"? The dog may be alive and mobile, but still unable to be physically active the way it should be. It was a very, very sad time for the whole family, everyone was heartbroken, but we had to have her put down. It was the right thing to do to end her suffering.
 

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Even if the operation were not expensive, you have to consider his quality of life. Obviously, at this point, its not good at all. What prognosis does the vet reasonably give you of the operation giving your dog a normal, comfortable life? In my own personal opinion, if I love an animal, I want let it go when it is right for the animal, not when it feels good to me. Nor should I be moved by guilt or other emotional pressures to let an animal go on when it can't really be helped.

Be sure to be informed about the long term prognosis - even take a person that isn't in love with your pup that can be objective along with you to help you really process what the vet tells you. I'm so sorry you are faced with this difficult decision.
 

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Well we are waiting until the 'specialist' sees the x-rays and we can have a chance to talk to him about a prognosis. Thats when the real decisions need to be made. If he tells us that he has an excellent chance of success and that the pup will live a pain free life ( even if restricted a bit ) then we will probably go for it.

If he only has a 50% chance, then will have to put him down. The vet said there is a chance that they may not want to operate at all. As it is the poor guy is panting around the house and I know he is uncomfortable, we just upped his pain meds so we'll see how that goes. This is so sad because we had a loveable pup with boundless energy just a few weeks ago.

After 9 months with the pup I didnt realize how much I had grown attached to him.
 

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Good thoughts for you and him during these times. I know how hard it is.

And, we spent several thousand on 2 knee replacement surgeries for our young Boxer dog (age 2 then later the other knee went out at age 5).... and lived many happy years for him, but it was easier to decide since prognosis was clear that it would really help him....

We have a child now, and different mortgage, so not sure if we would have done the same thing these days, but back then we could make it through, and we did.
He was worth more to us then buying a new car....

Just sayin'...
 

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My heart breaks for you, I know how hard it is to make this kind of decision, wish I had the answer, but it's in your heart.
 
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