Oh, Kip

March 9, 2010

Kip is at the emergency vet’s tonight.  He went down in the back today.  Initially his people thought he had no pain, but the vet says Kip can feel it when he pinches his toes, and they think he has a ruptured disk.  He’s going to stay overnight, have some blood work done, take steroids.  Of course the vets are talking surgery.  I think Kip’s family is going to insist on a second opinion tomorrow morning and take him to their regular vet.  Jim and Sarah returned from the Cleveland Clinic today.  Jim has been there for two months trying to remedy the heart/infection problem that has plagued him since last August.  It is inconceivable that they would come home to an injured Kip.  More good thoughts, please — this has been a very bumpy road for Kip’s family.

I’ve recommended conservative treatment — crate rest and drugs.  Hopefully their vet will agree.


  1. C-Myste says:

    I hope that conservative treatment will be enough, but if it’s truly a ruptured disk, then surgery may be required.

    If so, it’s important to have the surgery early before the spinal cord is damaged beyond repair due to swelling 🙁

  2. Jean from NM says:

    Prayers and good thoughts for all, Penni.

  3. I’m sending strong health vibes now. Having gone through this last year, I can understand the worries. I cross fingers that like with Traum it ends up being something simple. In his case they think he simply pulled a muscle.

    Much love to his family, including you. I’ll be thinking about ya’ll!

  4. Dawn says:

    Prayers for Kip and his family.

  5. janet says:

    Poor buddy – keeping our paws crossed for him and his people.

  6. Holly says:

    Prayers are flowing for Kip and his people…

  7. Traci says:

    How scary… I hope Kip is ok….

  8. Julie says:

    Oh no! Kip and his family are in my thoughts. I am sending healing thoughts.

  9. Taryn says:

    What horrible news! I hope everything resolves OK. This must be extremely difficult for Jim and Sarah with what they have been living through these past months. Many prayers for all involved.

  10. Oh no! Not on top of everything else! Life is surely not fair.

    Sending best thoughts that it be something that can be FIXED and that all of them can be healthy and happy together for a good long time.

  11. Ron says:

    I hope that a decision has been made. Every hour makes a difference if surgery is required.


  12. Sandy says:

    Oh, poor little buddy…you have lots of good people looking after you, little man. They will do what is best. Be brave.

  13. Garrett says:

    I tried posting a comment on your previous post but see its not there.
    I’m sorry to read about Kip. That is NOT good timing. Poor family. poor Kip. How does one diagnose IVDD? Oliver has fused discs and scholiosis, but could that be IVDD?

    Incidentally we have a Dr Rose who has been in my hometown for the past 30 years. he has kids my age, but I don’t know what their career choices were. That would be crazy if that was your Dr Rose (child of my Dr Rose).

  14. Poor Kip! We’ll send him vizsla tail wags!