As some of you may know, my little male pug, Milo, has a herniated disk. He seems OK, but he drags his rear feet slightly when he walks. I took him to a Veterinary Neurologist. Now, who knew such a thing existed, but let me tell you – they do. Of course he was not in town and I had to travel half way across the state to have him see Milo.
He said it was his “best guess” that Milo had a herniated disk, but without an MRI he couldn’t say for sure. The MRI would cost $2,000.00. $2,000.00!!! Yes, just to say, “Yep, it’s a herniated disk.” Well, actually he would then know exactly which disk it was just in case I wanted to proceed with the surgery for my 11 year old pug. The total cost would be . . . are you ready? . . . $10,000.00. Now, that’s a lot of money, and even if I had it to spend, I’m not sure I would put my 11 year old pug through spinal cord surgery. Especially when the esteemed Veterinary Neurologist assured me that my dog was not in any pain.
He has been lingering on like this for about 2 years and doing okay. We do have some issues though. He can no longer go up or down the stairs, so I carry him. The biggest issue is that he can’t feel when he has to … go (#2). I’ve been pretty good about getting him out frequently so we haven’t had too many accidents, but lately, and only occasionally, it’s been #1 as well. Now I come to the time to make a hard decision. Is it time to take my happy and loving little pug on the one-way ride? He’s really a great little dog, so loving and happy, so loyal and trusting. I tried doggie diapers, but the little rascal gets out of them! Decisions, decisions. I know some of you out there have had to make a similar decision, but it’s never easy. I keep telling myself that maybe it is worse because it’s winter. It’s cold. I need to take extra time to get on my coat, boots, hat, scarf, and gloves before I can get the little guy out the door. I know you can’t tell me what to do, but what would you do?