Saturday, September 29, 2007

Day 5 Post Surgery

Zane is clearly feeling much better today. We know this because he is driving everybody crazy again with his "insane Zane" antics. Apparently, he needs to make up for lost time and seems to be in over-drive today. My Crape Myrtle took another Dane hit today. Zane greeted me with yet another leafy branch that he had stripped from my favorite tree. He has also been taunting poor Zoe all afternoon...I think she had been enjoying her respite from his constant play attacks.
Zane started the morning out early by getting up with the other two in time for breakfast (6am). As per Dr. Durkes suggestion, we have switched Zane's food. He needs to be on a very low calcium food with low to moderate protein for the next year while his body continues to grow. Too much calcium in his food will allow a build up in his spinal column that could impinge the free movement of his spinal cord. All the dogs have been eating a very high quality holistic food for the past six months. Unfortunately, I have had to switch them to a lower quality food to meet these new requirements.
Zoe also has been gaining weight on the super premium food and we need to get her on a better weight control regimine. She has had two ACL surgeries and is just not fond of running around like the boys. It's really important that we keep her weight in check to not over burden her now arthritic knees.
Hopefully we have seen an end to Zane's fever. He appears to be responding to the change in antibiotic. He still tires very easily and we are encouraging him to not over do it too soon!

*** Editor's Note: Please be certain to breeze through the blog to get an idea as to how Zane has progressed. Gold Bead Implants were not successful in treating Zane's symptoms and we pursued surgical options with very good results. ***


George Stewart said...

Good Morning ,

My name is George Stewart and I have created and am hosting Dr. Durkes’ new website.

I saw the excellent “Zane's Gold Bead Journey” page on your site,

and I would appreciate if your could update the information at the about Dr. Drukes.
I am trying to get as many people to visit his site, and your site is at the top of the list
when seeking information about Gold Bead Implants.

This is the info on your page:

Dr. Terry Durkes
Western Ave. Animal Hospital
909 N. Western Ave.
Marion, Indiana 46952

Dr. Durkes’s Email site is:

Dr. Durkes Website is:

Dr. Durkes and I would greatly appreciate your adding a web link to his site.

George Stewart

jen. said...

How is Zane doing now??? My great dane is going to Dr. Durkes in a week.
Please let me know or update?? Thanks so much, jen

Jenny Schultz said...

Hi Jen
Send me an email to with your address and I can let you know more about Zane's progress.