Well there wasn't much improvement over the last 24 hours. Dr. Brad said that he still retained some anal tension which was a good sign and said that Oliver's bladder will most likely get the sensation back that he has to pee. He whimpered close to home and so I thought he would go, but I tried expressing the bladder but wasn't really shown how. they said he was a marvelous 'peeing for distance' dog when they just lightly rubbed his belly. Time will tell.
We have a series of things to do while we are home:
1. ICE! Ice his back for 5-10 minutes every 2-3 hours.
2. Traction. This entails the grooming table and arm or a second person. They hold the neck and front and I stand his hind legs to a 'standing position' and pull slightly on the pelvis area to stretch him out a bit. Nothing drastic.
3. Crate/X-pen rest. Mandatory. They did say he could be on the couch with me or on the bed but not to leave him unattended. Also to be prepared if he does soil himself, me or the couch.
4. Take him to familiar places. I.e. back yard, Grandma's/Grandpa's house, etc and sit with him in a quiet area. This has more to do with keeping depression at bay, instead of doing potty as he isn't to that stage yet.
5. pinching toes to see if there is any reaction. This can be done daily.
We have an acupuncture appointment next week. Doc said the next few weeks of crate rest and nurse care are very critical. I've done it with Sadie, I can do it with Oliver. If in a few weeks/months we are seeing some progress we'll be adding other exercises and techniques to the daily regimen.
Paws and Fingers crossed....