Well about a month ago, Gracie started to act like her should was hurting. We waited and sometimes it seemed to go away, but would soon return. Long story short - after 2 visits to the vet and weeks of steroids, it was just getting worse and worse. We were referred to Texas A&M Vet for further tests.
As you know, animals do not understand the concept of "hyperchondriacism", so I can only imagine how much pain she was in, when she cried out and would not raise her head! We suspected correctly - Gracie had a massive slipped disc. A&M had the proper equipment to diagnosis it and did surgery right away.
The cost was substancial - and the money came out of my house building budget - but Hey ... Gracie is a part of our family and if I have to wait a bit longer to get something for the house, well - Gracie will now be there with us to enjoy it!
Here she is - on her first day home. She looks a bit like she jumped through a shredder!!
She was too shy to look at the camera.
They shaved the back of her neck to do a spinal tap.
Unlike on humans, they went in to do the surgery from under her neck.
..and every one of her little legs has a shaved band around it - from IV's I suppose.
Gracie's recovery will be a long 6 weeks. We have to carry her up and down the stairs and keep her from running. She does not jump on and off the furniture - so that is thankfully not an issue!
Thank you Lord that she is on her way to recovery!!