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Hello everyone....
I am new to this forum and have found it to be a great resource for my upcoming L4/L5 decompression surgery.
I have a 2 1/2 year old Lab and am leaving her in the care of a friend for approx 2 weeks so I can recover without having to worry about taking care of her.
I live alone and my concerns are when she comes back home to me. Will I be able to take care of her? walk her? Drive to the off leash park ? Is 2 weeks a realistic time frame ?
Would love to hear from anyone who has been in this same situation.
Thank you


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  • Hey Diana,
    I have two 3 year old labs and I had multi level fusion in my thoracic region T4-T8 this past september. My friend took care of them for me for the first two weeks until I returned home. I stayed with my parents during that time as I live alone. Once home I was able to care for them but with alot of changes. Before my injury I would walk them everyday and take them to the dog park every friday night. After surgery though I was stuck in a brace and unable to drive for almost 5 1/2 months. My parents came over every weekend to help me out and would walk them then and sometimes take them to the park. I'm 9 months post op now and still not allowed to walk them, says my doc :-( I feel soo bad for them cause all they do is lay around all day and follow me all over the house. They just want to go for a daily walk sooo bad.
    I dont think you're having fusion surgery so you might be good to go in a few weeks with your dog. Best thing to do is ask your docs opinion on these things. Hopefully you wont be as restricted as I have been and can enjoy your time with your pup. What color is your lab anyway and name? I have two girls, Penny is yellow and Layla is black. Good luck with your surgery and hope you heal well.
    take care,
    September 2014 : T6 burst fracture, multilevel fusion from T4-T8
  • Brian...I am soo sorry for what you continue to go through!! That certainly is a long recovery for you,. I am not having a fusion surgery, thankfully.
    My dog is Lab/Aussie Cattle mix- Her name is Brandy and she is black. I rescued her from a local facility where I live,. Have had her for a year and this will be hard me not having her around.
    Thank you for your reply and best of luck to you
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