He never developed IVDD. OUR STORY You don’t have to do all of the extra, costly stuff like I did. She has done so well that the surgeon released her to do what she wants around the house with the exception of jumping. These dogs went on to live a totally normal, active life though. She know when she’s had nough exercise. I don’t know though. That’s always the risk after paralysis. You won’t know if they have it until something happens. I run a 900+ member club for Dachshunds, have been walking and dog sitting Dachshunds for over 7 years, and have several friends with Dachshunds. In total, I spent about $7,000 on her treatment, which is in-line with the approximate cost of spinal surgery. Jo Ann, how long after surgery did your dog regain use of her back legs and ability to pee on her own? She didn’t do another xray because she said the treatment would be the same.The crate rest hasn’t worked out for us because of him crying…no one can sleep. Any suggestions would be great. Skin problems in dachshund can be one of the most critical problems that the pet parents have to deal with. Hi Jessica! After two days of medications, he seems to be a bit better, but I understand this is a long process and there is still a chance he may need surgery if medication doesn’t work out. These were “her” ramps instead of jumping off or always wanting up, she did what she wanted. Besides my experience with my own 3 Dachshunds, I’ve momentarily “owned” at least 100 more through people sharing their stories with me and asking for my help with back injuries over the years. Just a suggestion anyway. Hi Jamie. Chester passed away on Thursday, as his lungs started to fail. If it is, it’s crucial that you get your dog to the vet as soon as you can. Hi Lisa. If it’s been more than 5 weeks since his last incident (and hopefully he was on crate rest for that), it should be ok to start walking him again. THANK YOU. Back issues are the top health problem Dachshunds encounter; 25% will experience back issues in their lifetime. He had IVDD. Good luck and I hope that he pulls through too. So what are the signs and symptoms that could mean your dog is suffering from an IVDD-related injury? Why intentionally breed a dog that will have this disease? I’ve seen other people put their dog in a wagon (like a red kids wagon or cargo wagon) with sides so they can’t get out and bedding, or putting a small crate in/on the wagon, and pulling them around the house with them. Hi Holly. I took her to the emergency hospital and they gave her a steroid and told me to limit her mobility. Surgery is expensive though. We have a Dixie who has always growled if we pet or rub her sides. On the other hand though, I’ve heard many stories of dogs that could not use their back legs being able to walk again after prolonged strict crate rest and rehab like passive exercises and hydrotherapy. About 6 months now. If we stopped breeding every kind of dog that was predisposed to genetic conditions, there would be very few “acceptable breeds” left. This was poor judgement in my part, but I had her in a dog friendly store in a shopping cart. Hoping for further progress over the next several weeks. That was good news but I saw that the content of the disk which was putting a pressure to his spine was pushing in about 80%. You might be able to find something lower cost up there though. Species: Dog Breed: maltese/ shitzu Age: 2-5 years. March 14, 2016 By Jessica Rhae 192 Comments. I am sorry you don’t have the resources you need. i rub his back a lot and he doesn’t bother him, he likes it a lot. Hopefully, we’ve started early (although it took me a week to adapt) enough for her disc to build up the scar tissue you explained so well. The more anxious you are about it, the more anxious he will be. While all dogs are different, there is an excellent chance of full recover IF you can do the strict crate rest (basically, as immobile as possible at all times) for as long as he needs (some dogs also need you go do rehab exercises with them once they are improving – you can find videos on YouTube). I’m sorry but I can’t remember the name of the one we used. I’m a veterinarian with a very active dachshund who recovered from an IVDD injury. We had to manually press his bladder to make him pee and, since he couldn’t control his poop, we would help with that, too. It can be quite an adjustment period in the beginning but then it just becomes a new normal for a while. You MUST know what is in the rest of this article if you own a Dachshund. I don’t see it being realistic though. Thank you in advance for any insight you can provide. He underwent surgery in October and has recovered very well. The crate’s on the sofa, next to me, stress is minimized. Strange 5 legged dachshund by swimming pool on memorial day weekend The Lil’ back bracer is on it’s way to me, hopefully he can regain more mobility and his independence. If your dog is suddenly paralyzed, you must do this right away! I feel your pain and loss. She was completely unable to regulate her bladder. As far as 4 days being some kind of cutoff point, I can’t say. His name is Shotzie. I crated her right away. We are looking into cart right now. Good luck. Max is a 2 year old tweenie. Good luck. If you haven’t already, you might also want to check out Dodgerslist.com as they are a great resource for IVDD. Honestly, there might be a less Dachshund owners if people knew the chances. Well Shotzi I got through our divorce and the judge asked, do you want t I never knew of this sort of disorder, nor did I know it was genetic. However, now that you know he has back issues, yes, the jumping thing should be minimized. I myself, unfortunately have this problem, and on August 4, 2016, I underwent spinal surgery to have it … I have definitely seen a significant difference in Gretel even after only two treatments. Sorry to hear about your pup but glad she is doing better. I suggest everyone consult with a good Veterinarian. Thankfully, it sound like yours had a long, good life without spinal complications prior (caused by IVDD). It’s a kind of dwarfism called chondrodysplasia. We ended up seeing a specialist who said absent surgery to try “strict crate rest”. He seems to be ok for a few days and then he is bad again, not sure what he is doing that is setting him back but i’m afraid the set backs will cause major issues which I’m trying to avoid. In the early morning, she was restless, so I cuddled with her in bed and she slept for a couple hours. Hi Randall. If your dog has not pooped in a week, you should contact your vet immediately. I am beginning to teach her tricks in which she has mastered the basics: sit, shake and lay down. . It’s my understanding that the disk issue is in the neck of the paralysis is in the front paws. Whatever your choice, good luck with your new pup. The removable harness and leg rings are washable and adjustable to give pets maximum comfort and support. However, I’ve heard of some Dachshunds make a partial or full recovery without surgery whether it was initially recommended or not. If possible, id be very interested in non -surgical options/rehab providers. Turned-out ‘digging’ front feet (once said to ‘throw dirt to the sides’ where there is no room for it in a tunnel) have been replaced by snug arched feet with forward alignment. I’ve also poured over sites like K9BackBracer and Dodgerslist several times. Two days ago he jumped from the stairs and got hurt. She’s acting fine, I just am wondering if there are things I should look out for? Thank you so much for sharing. Like I said, I owned Chester for EIGHT YEARS and still had no idea. it is unfortunate. Dachshunds are so cute, but it is a shame that they are more susceptible to IVDD. As an Amazon Associate, the owner of this site earns a commission from qualifying purchases. She occasionally has brief period (5-10 min) where she experiences weakness and loss of control of her back legs. I was sick for a while and then out of town. His being here has made my the lives of by other Dachshunds exponentially better. I don’t have a lot of experience with standard Dachshunds but it’s my understanding that there are no temperament differences between the sizes. I started responding to you the other day but then got distracted. Like I said though, I was clueless for 8 years. Another time I drove my friend to the emergency vet when her dog suddenly had trouble walking and was experiencing pain. I agree 1000%. Jessica…I’ve read this blog, possibly 8 times today already. Maybe we need to rethink what we are doing. Hello, my dog keeps stretching out her back legs behind her and standing up like that, just stretching for a long period. I would definitely talk to your vet about this. Vet doesn’t open until 9:00 am. The vet also mentioned the restrictive movements but not the crate rest. Jessica, aka. He is constantly peeing from the steroid shot which is great but I can’t keep up with it. Hi Erich. Most breeds come with some kind of “genetic weakness” though. Sincerely, Randall. I’m so sorry you and Bongo are going through this again. I’m glad to hear that you can confirm/agree. So if you’re going through this yourself to whatever extent, I’d recommend crate rest immediately for a few weeks. He was paralyzed and unable to pee/poop. I am looking at the discharge notes, and the doctor states IVDH, IVD Hernia? The timeline for improvement also varies. Now, I want to be clear that I’m not criticizing anyone for not knowing. I have 3 dachshunds (1 of which is mixed with jack Russel) Our next door neighbor [who had two longhairs] just informed us that they had knowledge of this disease prior to the purchase of their dogs and that the breeder was able to check their up line ancestors and offer assurances that their dog’s ancestors were free from this disease. Just like you said went to bead fine woke next morning wobbling on her back legs. I’m so sorry for you and your wife. Hi my beautiful Abby just hurt her back on Monday. Yeah. Took her to vet and said it was IVDD, she is on meds and they are doing the laser treatments. That gene is one of the genes responsible for IVDD. Good luck! I love my dogs and would almost do anything for them. However, it might be possible that your vet considers IVDH and isolated incident while a dog can continue to have issues throughout their lifetime if they have IVDD. It’s my understanding that, in those cases, surgery is often recommended. If you are worried, I highly recommend keeping your pup fit, at a healthy weight, and do some of these strengthening exercises https://youdidwhatwithyourweiner.com/ivdd-recovery-exercises-for-strengthening-balance-and-body-awareness/. He will be ok again. Now she is on her 6th one! My baby Bailee is 11 years old and out of the blue is just now paralyzed from her hips down! These resources will help you to fill in the blanks where your vet has not given you all of the information that you need. No reflexes in back legs. I’m telling you this so you believe me when I say I know what I am talking about… because I have to set the record straight! We were denied carecredit and did not have the $8000 for surgery. If you have to wait, I would keep him immobile in a crate until you can get in. 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