Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Goodness

This week all of Oliver's bedding was washed and given the rough treatment:

Wrinkly

Crinkly

Goodness.



And there will be no more resting on the arm rest of the couch for Oliver. 

After six weeks of episodes of severe pain and distress that lasted for up to six hours at a time, day or night, two different vets, plus a specialist vet, numerous bloods tests, liver/kidney functions tests, an ultrasound, complete change in diet, and pain relief medication it was finally decided to treat Oliver for a suspected spinal injury.   Four weeks of  strict confinement followed (no walks, no jumping, no playing outside, just resting, sleeping, and confined to just one room) together with anti-inflammatory medication and Oliver has recovered.  We are now ready for rehabilitation, starting with 5 minutes walks twice daily.  

Oliver has been known to slip off the arm rest whilst asleep, landing on the floor with a loud bang.  So no more.  He still loves his quilt though.

44 comments:

  1. poor puppy...but he is resting in style

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  2. We have a schnauzer, too- always at my feet while I blog or sew (probably trying seek refuge from my crazy kids!). He, too, has recently been through surgery and diet change....it's amazing what you will do for them, but home wouldn't be the same without them, eh? Maybe Bailey needs a quilt, too?
    Hope Oliver recovers well!

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  3. We have two schnauzers, and like Kristie, they sit at my feet when I'm blogging or sewing. No arm rests for them. I was certain you were going to say pancreantitis, not sure if a spine problem is better or worse. Hope he's 100% back to normal soon - nothin' like a dog. Mine have several quilts, not to mention crocheted "nana blankets".

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  4. Such a sweet boy. I'm so glad he is recovering and he has such a cozy quilt.

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  5. Poor doggy! So glad he is recovering though!

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  6. Glad to hear that he feeling better!

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  7. Happy healing to dear Oliver. My pup went through awful back paralysis early in the year. A month under the laundry basket and he's as good as new. He swaggers a bit, but no pain.

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  8. He is so sweet! So good to hear that he is on the road to recovery. The quilt that you made for him to rest on probably gives him great comfort. Sweet wishes and quick recovery for your little guy.

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  9. What was Oliver's diagnosis? My dog is also having spinal problems, but no amount of rest or anti-inflammatory meds will cure it. It has been over 4 months now.

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  10. I too have a schnauzer. They think they are cats and love to be up high, much to their detriment! Glad yours is ok!

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  11. LOvely puppy, beautiful quilt. Glad he is doing better. Bet you have a big $$ bill!

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  12. Thank you for your kind Oliver comments - it was all rather distressing, stressful and expensive but of course worth it.

    Oliver does not have a definite diagnosis. After much testing Oliver was eventually referred to a behavioral vet specialist who did in fact determine that Oliver was in pain rather than just anxious/distressed.

    With all testing proving negative, including two tests for pancreatitis - a spinal MRI was the next VERY expensive step. It was then decided to trial confinement and hope for improvement rather than undergo an expensive MRI which may still not show up any problems/injuries. It didn't take long for Oliver to start having less severe episode. Thank goodness!

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  13. Glad Oliver is doing better! I wish our pets were able to just TELL us what hurt, ya know? He's got a loverly quilt to cuddle with, which totally makes him feel better, I'm sure :-)

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  14. i love his quilt too. he looks like he is worth every penny.

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  15. Oh, how sweet he is! I am so sorry he's been through all that (and your wallet, too!). Glad he's on the up now. Lovely quilt as always.

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  16. Hope Oliver is on the mend. What a lovely idea I will have to make my dog Licorice a black spoodle a quilt of her own.

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  17. Poor Oliver, get well soon.
    Lucky thing though to have a custom Red Pepper Quilt! Don't let my labradoodle see that ;-)

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  18. I do hope the pup is on the mend! I have three schnauzers (Nero's coloring similar to your sweet Oliver) and can't imagine my family without them.

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  19. Feel better soon Oliver
    (You have the loveliest dog bed I have ever seen)
    Andi x

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  20. Lucky Oliver! with such a good family looking
    after him.

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  21. At least Oliver has a great quilt to rest on while sick.

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  22. Poor little Oliver! Hope he gets better soon :)

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  23. So glad your doggie has recovered! He looks so cute there on the arm of the couch...my doggie's favorite place to hang out as well!

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  24. sorry about your Oliver--hope he gets better soon:)

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  25. hugs and smooches to oliver.....

    what a way to recouperate....on one of mommy's beautiful quilts!!!

    xo
    eva

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  26. What a cute little doggie! He does love that quilt! Give him a pat for me!

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  27. He is just so cute! I hope he recovers quickly, give him a hug from me!

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  28. Hopefully this will be the start of Ollie's recovery.
    I love the look of the crinkly quilt.

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  29. Hope he gets well real quick...poor little fella :)

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  30. Poor puppy! I'm glad he is getting the help he needs and is on the road to recovery.

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  31. poor guy, i hope he gets better soon. and poor you, i can imagine how worried you have been!

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  32. I too have a schnauzer. He is so sweet and gentle, not brave. Cries and looks for comfort when it thunders and lightening. I hope Oliver gets better soon.

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  33. Get Well Soon OLIVER!!! From my schnauzer, Bentley. Best dogs in the world!!!

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  34. It's awesome that Oliver has recovered. Great news!

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  35. Hello I AM YOURS ENCHANTED FOLLOWER WITH YOUR WORK AND I'M SO SICK understood your puppy is poor man who gets better,, GREETINGS FROM ARGENTINA.

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  36. I love Oliver's couch cover.
    But I am sad to hear of all his troubles! Poor guy. And a spinal injury? What on earth?? Get well soon, Oliver!

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  37. Oh poor Oliver! Rafael has an earinfection and is feeling very sorry for himself.. but luckily nothing like this!! Really hope Oliver feels better soon after all that! What a long road to go..

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  38. Love crinkles! The colors look awesome!

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  39. Oliver is adorable. The quilt is quite complimentary to his coat. Glad you have a diagnosis and he's on his way to recovery. How are you going to keep him off the arms of the sofa?

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  40. Bless Oliver's heart! My friend's schnauzer has Crohn's disease and pancreatitis. Were those weeded out? They had to take him completely OFF of processed dog food, and only feed him boiled chicken, rice, and a few veggies/fruit mixture. It helped him sooo much! I hope Oliver continues to mend.

    I lost my little schnauzer, Charlie, 2 weeks ago. He suddenly developed a really bad heart murmer and became very ill. After 3 days in the doggy hospital, he came home, with 3 meds, and started to get back in his feet. He was playing and doing great. Then all of a sudden, he got sick all over again. This time there was nothing to be done, but let him go. Way too much pain and sickness.

    His faithful companion of many years, Sophie the poodle, was taken to the vet at the same time. She had gone totally blind, had bladder problems, and chronic skin problems. We tearfully decided they needed to go to Heaven together.

    We wrapped them in their little baby quilts, laid them in the box together, and they are buried together in our backyard. So sad...

    I hope you have many more wonderful years with Mr. Oliver! He is a beautiful boy!!
    Kay A.

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  41. Rita, I hope you have read all these wonderful comments to Olly such a spoilt dog but beautiful and very well loved.x Lesley

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