Labradoodle Rescue & Goldendoodle Rescue
Jack is almost 10 years old and has a ruptured disc in his lower spine. We know this because we did do an MRI. Surgery would have fixed it, but he has other health issues which would make the surgery and recovery very complicated and difficult for both of us. (His surgery would also have cost $7000, but that was not a factor for me.)
His specialist felt that as long as he had decent mobility and didn't seem to be in much pain, we could manage it with laser treatments, acupuncture, and chiropractic plus the meds he is already taking for his other health issues, which includes a low dose of prednisone. If at any point he became paralyzed, we would have to do the surgery, or euthanize him.
That was almost two years ago. At this point, I have already paid more than half the cost of the surgery for the ongoing laser, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. He is no better than he was when he was diagnosed, but he is two years older, and lately I can see that it sometimes bothers him. He cannot run at all any more, and there are days when he doesn;t even really want to walk.
I have second guessed myself on the decision not to do the surgery quite a bit. To know that he lives with some degree of constant pain and that I could have completely eliminated it is very hard. At this point, the surgery & recovery would be even more difficult than it would have been two years ago.
But the one thing that I do not regret one bit is doing the MRI, because otherwise there is no way for you to know what you are dealing with, and therefore is no way to make a decision on how to help her or treat her at all. So my advice would be to have the MRI done, because without it, you really can't do anything. There are payment plans like Care Credit to help you pay for the diagnostics. Once you have a firm diagnosis, you will be better equipped to do right by your dog, and you will at least have the peace of mind of knowing that you did do your best for her.
I hope this helps.
It happens very suddenly. And dogs are masters at hiding pain, it's a survival instinct.
I am so sorry for you and Honey, Trevor. I am sure you will make the best decision you can for her. Our Springer tore a CCL and needed surgery. We were able to get a credit card that was designed for pet wellness. There were several plans one could choose from depending upon what might work best for the budget. We did this through the vet surgeon's office.