A Time Bomb Ought To Go Off At Some Point, I Guess: Jasmine’s Neck

Ever since we had the full set of x-rays a few years back, we knew there was a ticking bomb in Jasmine’s neck. Malformations were found in her neck, as well as some spondylosis deformants. This remained dormant the entire time. Until today …

A Time Bomb Ought To Go Off At Some Point, I Guess: Jasmine's Neck
Jasmine. Archive Photo.

Jasmine went from a vibrant, vital puppy, full of life, to a train wreck with a blink of an eye.

She was perfectly fine last night, as well as in the morning. Then I noticed her walking around funny, with her back legs stiff. This I’ve seen before, though couldn’t figure out the reason why those legs would be suddenly in pain. Then she stood there, slowly moving backward, one step at a time and everything about her just felt wrong. When she lied down, it was in a strange way also.

I wasn’t sure what I was seeing, if anything, you know how paranoid I am.

However, I did call the vet to make sure he’s going to be there later in a day, in case we did need to come in.

When hubby came home, Jasmine did get up to greet him, but looked stiff in the rear end and now favoring her front right leg also.

It all looked very wrong, so I called the vet again to let him know that “there was something wrong with Jasmine all over the place,” and that we were on our way.

It was a gamble, risking the long trip, but something needed to be done.

So … it looks like a disk injury. No idea when and how this could have happened. It just did. Jasmine got a shot of morphine, a shot of steroids and more pain pills and steroids to take home.

We realized her neck was a time bomb, we were just hoping it wasn’t going to go off.

Categories: ConditionsIntervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)Real-life StoriesSpondylosis

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Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

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