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  1. Hi, First time positing here. I registered so I can ask for advice or information. Sadly Max my Border Collie and best friend was diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease and Surgery was required and performed. I got him home last Wednesday. I have got him a dog playpen, a great bed for dogs recovering from such surgery and it is a case of physio and playpen rest. I have been given instructions on physio from the surgeons and Max is due to see a physiotherapist on Tuesday to receive physio/hydrotherapy. I cant find any information on the internet where Border Collies and this disease is concerned apart from one unfortunate owner who posted here back in 2008. Is it common for Border Collies to suffer from this degenerative disease? If so is it common for them to be so young? Max is 6 years and 4 months old. Is it for definite that he has a degenerative disease because one of his discs ruptured? Could it be that he was too extreme in his exercise? As much Border Collies are always on the go. Supposedly genetics have a role to play, but his dad and mum was very healthy and when I picked him up as a puppy his Granddad (19 years old was still around) Have I done anything wrong to cause this? I have to remain positive so I am going to put it like this "when I have him back one his 4 limbs moving around how do I make sure he has an enjoyable life whilst reducing risks to his back?" Has anyone else been through this on these forums apart from that unfortunate owner back in 2008 and if so has those people got any Wisdom, Advice and kind words for me? Best Regards, Mark Cosgrove
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