• Momo’s ups & downs

By Lise Turcotte - Posted Thursday March 16, 2017

Momo’s ups & downs

Momo has been with me for 6 months now and we are a perfect team. All started great last Fall, Momo & I got to know one another & got used to each other now, he's the little prince of the condo! Everyone knows & loves him. We started training with Josh because Momo has the bad habit of barking ferociously when he sees other dogs, he gets so excited & wants to meet them all ... but that can cause stress to dogs & owners because his bark sounds agressive. So we signed up with Josh & after a few lessons, Momo started complaining about pain, went to the vet & she gave him anti-inflammatory medication for a week, all returned to normal. We flew to Vancouver for Christmas, Momo in the cabin with me, he was perfect, had a little help with goodies from the vet so he was quiet & relax for the whole 5-hour flight. When we returned, he had pain again so back to the vet for a check up, again, anti-inflammatory medication & again after a week he was fine but when it happened again in mid-Feb, I told the vet it was enough with these meds, she took an ex-ray & blood, all was fine, but she referred me to the DMV Clinic in Lachine. Off we went, after a back scan, it showed that my little guy had not one but two herniated disks, one in the neck & the other one in the middle of his back. The specialist recommended surgery, said they did this often & he was confident he could repair at least the disk in the neck. So 2 days later, Momo underwent surgery which was very successful, the surgeon was able to fix both herniated disks. He came home 2 days after the surgery with a ton of medicine, is on total rest for 6 weeks, not even allowed to take the stairs. About a week after we got home, Momo started coughing a lot, I mean really a lot, kept us both awake all night so I called DMV Clinic & they suggested I bring him in; they took an ex-ray, his lungs were fine but they could see he was coughing a lot, the vet said it sounded like Kennel Cough ... wait a minute, my little guy was vaccinated against that .... so what's the problem here .... the vet didn't answer but suggested I leave him overnight at the clinic because he had a high fever & they could give him intravenous medication. So he stayed. Picked him up last Sunday, again home with a ton of meds + syrup. He's still coughing but less every day. They also removed the stitches while he was there. So now, we are staying home, are very quiet except for the coughing & he is recuperating. I won't go into details but I am not letting this situation go without speaking up to the proper people at DMV after we see the surgeon at the end of the month. Momo is happy at home, I have to say that he is the sunshine of my life, the most wonderful happening since my husband passed away 3 years ago; my little guy has filled me with joy, love, makes me laugh, he is such a character, I swear, there are times when I think he can read my mind! We look forward to Spring when we can go for the nice walks Animatch organizes & meet other dogs; we will come back to the training with Josh after Momo has recuperated from this surgery. I have to add that this is the first time I get a little dog, always had big dogs who could run, go for very long walks, play frisbee, fetch, play tug-of-war, without fear of being harmed. A little guy like my Momo needs more care although he doesn't seem to know that, he would jump, play all these games & smile while doing it. I did read about his breed before I got him but no where do they say that little guys like Momo are a bit more fragile & shouldn't be treated like bigger dogs. I know now & hope that maybe this could be mentioned when someone adopts such a small breed, just saying .... wish someone would have told me, maybe Momo could have been spared a double surgery ... again, just saying. I am attaching a picture, limiting myself to just one (it is hard!), will write more at a later date. I want to thank you for Momo, we are a terrific pair & enjoy each other's company.

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