Please Help Bandit Walk Again
June 20, 2017 Update from Bandit: On April 24th I had my surgery at UC Davis. A month later mom and dad got the okay from the surgeon to start me on something called “physical therapy” with the Canine Rehabilitation Center in Walnut Creek. Mommy told me it will help me but be a lot of work.
I was enrolled in hydrotherapy which includes walking in a water tank on a treadmill to learn the motion of walking but with less weight. Roughly 2 weeks into it they determined that I would need to continue with the hydrotherapy more than the initial 5 weeks with the addition of cold laser therapy to help break down all of the scar tissue and help to repair the nerve damage.
Good news is that I no longer have accidents in my bed or wear a doggie diaper. To manage pain and help with the swelling, mommy and daddy give me cheese with Acepromazine and Gabapentin. They also take turns putting this cold thing on my back when my back feels hot.
The therapist said thatI have been improving but am struggling with recognizing the placement of my back legs. I still favor and am weak in my right hind leg. They were able to add a new activity called step overs into my PT to help with that. And on July 7 I will start something called acupuncture. I have several more months to go but the treat lady (my therapist) says I should be walking strong by the end of the year if not before then.
A big thank you to everyone who has been supporting my fundraiser and helping me get better. I love you!
Original Post – From Bandit’s owner : I got Bandit when he was only 8 weeks of age. For the last 10 years has gone everywhere with me. He has always been a social butterfly and even graduated at the top of his puppy classes. By nature he is the sweetest and most loving creature I have met in my life and my career in working with animals. He has been registered as a Service Dog and helps me and others with emotional support.
Bandit was there by my side while I underwent multiple surgeries and treatments for Endometriosis and then endometrial cancer. Bandit never left my side and helped me through it all. Not to mention how Bandit’s presence impacted my father who suffers from aggressive Frontal Lobe dementia. My father is unable to eat on his own, speak sentences, doesn’t know himself let alone who we are. But before he declined that much he looked to Bandit when we visited. He smiled and was happy with him. Bandit put my father in a happier place and got my father to talk and play when we could not.
Bandit had been diagnosed with Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD), and a couple of weeks ago he was rushed into the emergency vet when he lost the ability to use his hind quarters. We were told he would need disc surgery in order to regain his ability to walk. Fortunately a wonderful client of mine was able to contact UC Davis and get Bandit into the neurology department, and on April 24th Bandit had surgery to remove the disc material compressing the spinal cord in his back. They also performed a procedure called fenestration whereby material is removed from the center of the surrounding discs to prevent them from becoming herniated in the future.
Bandit’s Surgery was successful, but in order for Bandit to recover and regain his ability to walk he will need extensive physical therapy. Bandit will be going in for his initial assessment this week after which a long term plan will be developed. Bandit is restricted from having anything placed on his back and he cannot go in water for six weeks. Therefore his therapy plan will be longer and more progressive than a typical dog post disc surgery. This fundraiser is just to assist with the cost of Bandit’s physical therapy, and we are most grateful for any assistance that we receive.
Kate Abeyta and Robb Morgan
UC Davis Small Animal Clinic
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
The Canine Rehabilitation Center
2735 North Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
State of Florida Registration Number CH37352. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free (within the State) 800-435-7352. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State.