Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Canine Disk Surgery Recovery Journal – Days 8 and 9

on December 15, 2015


YES! You read that right – Daisy peed on her own this morning and tonight, and they were good long ones in a normal squatting position! Shout it from the rooftops – Houston, we have pee-off! 😀 😀 😀

This is the best Christmas present we could ever get; it’s truly an answer to our prayers. I can’t tell you how ecstatic we are! All your prayers, POTP and positive thoughts helped so much; and now our dear friend Easy can at long last uncross his tightly crossed POTP paws that were praying for Daisy’s “yellow river” to arrive – what a relief for him! 🙂

Minutes before the momentous occasion - have you ever seen so much human support surrounding one tiny pup? LOL

Minutes before the momentous occasion – have you ever seen so much human support surrounding one tiny pup? LOL

AND – as if that’s not enough – Daisy most definitely used her left leg today, both to balance and to walk! Up until now that left leg was hanging at frighteningly awkward angles when she stood or lying like a limp, broken noodle underneath her, sometimes dangling in front of her right leg and tripping her when she tried walking, which is why we had to hold her back end up with the sling so that only her toes touched the ground. But today, look at this stance!

Look at that balance!! Her back legs are actually spread and the left leg is solidly on the ground. :D

Look at that balance!! Her back legs are actually spread and the left leg is solidly on the ground. 😀

The sling is relaxed - not holding her up at all and she's holding her own - STILL STANDING!! :D :D

The sling is relaxed – not holding her up at all and she’s holding her own – STILL STANDING!! 😀 😀

She’s very excited to come out of the crate to go outside twice a day, and she seems to want to stay outside for as long as we’ll let her. But we’re still under strict orders from the neurosurgeon not to let her walk much, so we’ll just stay with the program until our appointment with the neurosurgeon on Monday.

I missed posting yesterday because I spent hours out of the house, making up for the past week of doing nothing but helping DD take care of Daisy’s needs (DD is proving to be a super amazing pup-nurse!) – and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. But I’m behind in everything and yesterday was just a start at trying to catch up.

Day 8 (Backtracking, written late Monday night)
On Monday we saw yet another improvement in Daisy – she did a couple of big stretches in a sitting position, stretching her head straight up long and hard. We were thrilled! She’s also using her left back thigh muscle a little more when we take her outside. We’re hoping that will lead to her being able to squat soon because the vet now wants her to pee twice a day, not just once. We know that’s better for her, but all this time we’ve been told that once a day was all that was needed. Now he says she needs to pee every 8-12 hours, which would mean two trips down to the hospital. It’s 25 minutes each way, which doesn’t sound bad until you do it every single night and are then faced with doing it every morning plus every night – add it up and it’s almost 2 hours of travel time per day (without any traffic delays – we have to take two highways). And the morning run would be during work hours, which is impossible.

So getting her to go is now reaching a crisis point. The vet says that by just going once a day, she’s still facing a risk of infection AND a risk of having a distended bladder.

In better news though, she’s sitting up even more often – always to eat and sometimes to get lovies or just to say hello. 🙂

31 responses to “Canine Disk Surgery Recovery Journal – Days 8 and 9

  1. KDKH says:

    I see some tail wagging!! Things are really looking up for the whole family! I am so glad — but I’m still sending some loving thoughts for you all because it still looks rough.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks for sharing in our happiness and YES you do see tail wagging in that first picture! 😀 Thanks also for continuing your kind thoughts because we do have a long haul ahead of us. But every small step feels like a milestone – especially this one!

  2. Jan K says:

    YAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you that both of these obstacles are being overcome!! When I saw your email come through, I thought to myself “oh, I hope it’s good news for Daisy – I hope she’s peeing”…..! So glad to hear your good news, and to see Daisy out and about and looking good. I know you still have a long road ahead of you, but these two things – the peeing, and the limp leg improving, have to be such a huge relief for all of you.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Definitely a HUGE relief, Jan! Both of those things were enormous obstacles, and now we feel like the long haul ahead will be filled with positive forward motion, even if it’s in small increments. I was tempted to call the vet tonight and say “Guess what – we WON’T becoming down!” 🙂

  3. Fozziemum says:

    Well that is GREAT! what a best ever Christmas present..i can almost see you crying you are so relieved..keep going Daisy..you got this girl..!! loves Bev xxxxx

    • raisingdaisy says:

      You got that right, Bev – I definitely teared up! Between Daisy using the leg and the pee solution, it was an emotional day, but GOOD emotional release this time! We’re exhausted from relief! 😀

      • Fozziemum says:

        I totally understand..good tears good release and with you feeling better about her recovery she will pick up on that and go gang busters now 🙂 xx

  4. Me says:


    What an incredible post, woohoo! Give Daisy congratulations from all us lot here and let’s hope she keeps this up 😀

  5. Mary says:

    Horray…..horray. she is doing awesome!!

  6. Yay! Yay! Yay! Keep up the good work, D. You are recovering by leaps and bounds. But don’t do any leaps and bounds till you see the neurosurgeon on Monday and he gives you the go ahead. 🙂

    Love and licks,

  7. Very good news. I am sure you are relieved. I remember after Thunder’s bloat surgery I was so thrilled the first time he pooped. I wanted to shoot off fireworks….lol.

  8. Marty the Manx says:

    OMG I am sooooo sorry that I am so far behind in what has been going on with sweet Daisy! You guys have had a fantastic breakthrough today yeah!!!!!! When Anne had her disc 2 years ago, there isn’t a neurosurgeon in our area and I had to go through the “wait and see” and it was horrible! Tonight she tweaked her back after being stiff for a few days and wouldn’t move. I was in tears thinking that she had herniated another disc. Thank goodness it was a spasm and the tramadol helped! Keep up the healing Daisy and we will send the POTP!!!!
    Marty’s Mom

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thank you Marty, we appreciate all the POTP! I’m sorry to hear that Anne has gone through so much with her disk too and that she’s still suffering with occasional bouts of pain. The whole “wait and see” thing is SO hard, I feel for you. Did she ever have the disk surgery or do you know what she might do that sets off a spasm? Back issues are so scary.

      • Marty the Manx says:

        We have never done surgery. Not sure about the spasms. Just seems to “tweek” her back like humans do. The nearest specialty surgeon is 5 hrs away 😦

      • raisingdaisy says:

        Oh wow that really does make it impossible. But it sounds like she’s doing pretty well despite those occasional spasms – I understand that completely, it happens to me sometimes too (I have a weak lower back). Spasms are miserable, but at least they do go away. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that they stay away from your little cutie.

  9. Debra says:

    Hooray! Hooray! What wonderful news. I can feel the relief from here, and I am sure Daisy is feeling relief of a different sort. 🙂 It isn’t often a little doggy has so many people breathing a sigh of relief just because of her. It’s funny, but I feel like saying, “congratulations!” Whew!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I know what you mean, Debra. This is such a wonderfully supportive community – even though we’re dealing with all this on our own, we never felt “alone” in the struggle because of all the support and kind wishes we got from all our blogging friends. Everyone is so helpful and so kind, I feel like you’re all on this recovery journey with us. 🙂 And that really means a lot.

  10. Daisy I’m so happy with you… it sounds weird but pee can be such a fabulous christmas gift. I hope for more good news … my paws are still crossed that the dogtors have only gooooood news for you.

  11. Hailey and Zaphod says:

    Hopefully you have turned a corner.

  12. amkuska says:

    Wonderful to hear she is doing better! We have been following her progress closely!

  13. granny1947 says:

    What a relief. I am SO happy for you. Lots of love.

  14. Barb says:

    She must be feeling better because if I’m not mistaken, she looks like she’s wagging her tail in the second photo – and standing on both legs to boot….her left leg is obviously improving!
    I am so happy but I know you still have a long road ahead, for all of you, but we are right behind you for as long as it takes. Great improvement Daisy!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Yes she was wagging her tail, and she does that pretty regularly now. 😀 Thank you for your constant support through all of this, you have no idea how much it helps and how much it means.

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