spike is a handsome and sweet Pembroke Welsh Corgi who has been having issues with pain and walking since last summer. He had been treated conservatively with rest, steroids and pain medications. In early January he began having more difficulty getting up and moving his head. He was put on Meloxicam and improved until late February when he declined once again. This past week his symptoms became much more acute. He had difficulty getting up and walking (both front and back legs were affected) and he was in significantly more pain.
Bandit's BandAid paid for spike to be seen at the University of Illinois after his primary vet arranged for him to be taken in through emergency. After a neurological evaluation the ER vet determined that Zorro’s pain was in the cervical disc and was most likely due to compression of his spinal cord caused by Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). Unfortunately they could not take him into surgery until the following week, so spike went home on new pain medications and instructions for strict crate rest.
The current plan is for spike to go to the University of Missouri’s Small Animal Hospital for the MRI and surgery he needs as soon as sufficient funds are raised. The estimate from Missouri is $5,000 to $6,000. spike's owner Trish understands all too well what her boy is going through. She has disc deterioration in her lower spine and a lack of discs in her cervical spine. She recently had an MRI and a steroid injection, and is unable to work because of her medical condition. She also cannot lift or help spike the way she wishes she could, so it is imperative that we get spike the relief he needs as soon as possible