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Zorro 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 Zorro 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 Zorro went home on new pain medications and instructions for strict crate rest.
The current plan is for Zorro 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.
Zorro’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 Zorro the way she wishes she could, so it is imperative that we get Zorro the relief he needs as soon as possible.
University of Missouri Small Animal Hospital
One Week Post SurgeryUpdate posted by Carol Young at 01:20 am
Zorro was doing so well after surgery that he was released from the hospital a day early. He has continued to do well and is healing nicely. The biggest challenge his owners are having is to keep Zorro calm. For the first time in many months he is feeling good!
Post Surgery UpdateUpdate posted by Carol Young at 03:22 pm
Zorro has done well overnight after the long and intense surgery yesterday. Dr. Coates, the head of neurology and neurosurgery, stayed in for the entire procedure as part of the surgical team. They are now getting him up to move around, and they was very pleased that he was able. . . . .
Surgery Day!Update posted by Carol Young at 06:30 pm
Zorro has just been taken back to undergo cervical ventral slot disc surgery. Although there are risks, the neurosurgeon confirmed that this was the only option for Zorro. It is expected to take a couple of hours. We will add an update once we hear from the surgeon post surgery.
MRI UpdateUpdate posted by Carol Young at 12:18 am
Zorro had his MRI today, which revealed compression to cervical discs 2 and 3. Zorro will undergo ventral slot surgery on Monday. It is the most common procedure for disc herniation in the cervical spine. The approach is from the underside (ventral) of the neck, where intervertebral discs are located.. . . . .
University of Missouri Veterinary Health CenterUpdate posted by Carol Young at 05:52 am
Zorro arrived at the MU Veterinary Health Center Thursday afternoon and was taken back to ICU to be examined by a neurologist. He had x-rays of his heart and lungs and all was well there. Dr. Joan Coates, the head of Neurology and Neurosurgery was to have also examined Zorro