When Peggy M. and her husband, Bob, saw the their eight-year-old German Shepherd, JoJo, was dragging his backend and having trouble going up and down stairs, they were immediately concerned. "JoJo is such a devoted dog, and not high maintenance at all. We knew something must be very wrong."
After a consultation with their primary veterinarian, they brought JoJo to VNoC, where Dr. McDonnell diagnosed JoJo as having intervertebral disc disease.
Peggy continues, "Dr. McDonnell explained all our options. At first I was very hesitant about surgery, so we tried medications. JoJo got worse, so we felt we need to do the surgery. Dr. McDonnell performed a hemilaminectomy. He and the entire staff were wonderful. We talked to them two or three times a day while JoJo was there. It's been two weeks since we brought him home, and he's doing so well! We're doing the rehab including ice and massage, and we're able to take him out on a lead. We've always had German Shepherds, and most live 11 to 12 years. We know this will add years onto JoJo's life."