My little princess harley girl 6 years old this past month , has had two back surgeries. 8 months apart from eachother both costing $5,000. Now 9 months later as of being fine yesterday she is now in the same condition that we had before the surgery, meaning that she might need number 3. As much as I love her and dont see her as just an animal just like all of you that have pets that bring somemuch joy to your life there like your kids. Now I have ran out of options i cannot afford another sugery and cannot bear the pain of loosing my little girl. So body please help and give me some suggestions.
i feel for you. before i got my male dachshund(harley also) i took into consideration of their medical problems. my harley, which i just noticed a couple of weeks ago, has a problem of walking up the steps from the back yard. which with every dog there is some type of medical problem. i have tryed to put a stop to some of his jumping onto couches. i cater to him. he wiil sit beside the couch until i pick him up to be put up there. i am so sorry your little doxie has problems. best of luck to your dog and your family. having a dog makes you very attached to them.:)
I have only had 3 experiences with doxies and the back problems. 1 was one of mine, 1 my dad's, and another a rescue. None of the 3 had surgery. My own dog was completely paralyzed from midway down. She was put on medication and had daily swimming therapy ina pool. She eventually regained enough control to be able to control going to the bathroom on her own. She never was able to use her rear legs again but we did get her a cart. Those things are great. She lived a good life and was pain free. The rescue- she also went on med, completely paralyzed midway down. She had to be crated for 6 weeks.She was eventually able to walk again and was adopted into a very loving home. She is an older dog now and is doing pretty good. She walks a little funny in the rear, but she gets around absolutely fine. My dad's dog- also fully paralyzed from midway on down, put on meds, swimming therapy. He also was evetually able to walk again, also with a funny walk. He lived for a very, very, long time. They can recover from these back problems but it can take a very long time and plenty of patience. They also can be prone to relapses.
***Edited By: luvmydoxys on 8/23/2006 4:39:13 PM*** Reason: sp
But did you ever hear of them have 2 surgeries then needing another to fixed the discs she had the first sergery on 1 an the the second they cut her down the chest pretty much the neck and fixed two. Now how being fine yesterday happy playing with her scooby to immobil and crying when you touch near her neck. Now understand from the time she was a puppy she was the most spoiled little thing ever she still goines on a pad. only goes out to get air. i mean when we first got her never spent one night in the crate was sleeping on her daddy's chest. If anyone should have back problems it should be me sleeping on my back for 4 months. The first surgery i thought it was gonna it, nomore surgery shes fine. The second i was sweating maybe it was just a flook. But now im thinking i must done something in my life wrong for he to deserve this. WHAT SHOULD I DO???????????????????
You know what, statistics wise, I do not know. But if I would have to guess, I would think that mini's would be less prone than standards. I do not feel that being over weight or jumping causes it. I think that particular dog already had the problem and that the weight or jumping does aggravate it or finally cuases the injury to happen. All 3 dogs in my case were of normal weight.
I don't know much on this topic, but I can offer suggestions. Could you try water therapy?? I used to work with horses (I know dogs and horses are different), we had this one horse named Spook that had really bad back problems, we couldn't ride her, and she was always in pain. Well, we tried one last thing and that was water therapy, we had her swimming in the therapy pool almost every day and it seemed to work. She is now a trail horse at a childrens camp (cant really ride hard or with someone heavy on her).
things do happen sometime that are out of our control. i hope the best works out for you and you make a good decision. second of all i really hate for the comment i going to make, should not be made on this thread.
why would you direct a question on this thread directly to me. why don't you start a new topic. come on get over it. quit assuming things. if that is what you think then more power to you. i am not a child. to answer your question. NO they are not more prone.
doxylove i agree it is all about the dog. my dachsunds back leg problem might get worse, it might not. i hope not.
***Edited By: dachshundlove on 8/23/2006 5:07:47 PM*** Reason: m
What are you talking about? I directed nothing at you! I directed my question to Luvmydoxys. She answered it in case you didn't bother reading. What is your problem? This is a public forum and short of cuss words I can say whatever I darn well please! Get over yourself!
The vet we took her too was the best place to bring her it was in Fort Lee, NJ and their specialist there was one of the best. Before we let her have the surgery there we even checked the doctor through his name and his background dont wanna sound over protected but i was spending $5,000 to get my dog better. The second time they gave a little discount and they said its common they had a doxie that had six. But again mine doesnt do anything active shes on a diet and gets carried everywhere and she a mini but before you ask, yes we carry her right thats not it, I had two before her that never had that problem and one was probly the most over weight I have ever seen. But now 24 and having doxies when i was kid i was picky on picking them shes from a pet store we had one that was from a pet store and he was great the other from a breeder and he just didnt have the personality as the ones from the pet store. The one now doesnt know how to bark. Understands everything you say and has a personality of a person you couldnt ask for more. But 6 years just isnt enough for her or me. And as crazy as i sound i know that if she could tell me she would rather be in pain then without me, thats proubly sick to say but we live for eachother she pulled through a tuff time in my life and i cant even think that she's ready to go. I know dogs die, and people die but 6 years just doesnt sound fair. Thanks for everones support.
***Edited By: Mikedawg on 8/23/2006 5:44:34 PM*** Reason: misspelled
I can understand how you feel. 6 years is far too soon to be thinking about loosing your dog. I'm sorry, I wasn't implying that your vet wasn't any good, but sometimes it is just a good idea to get a different perspective on things from another professional opinion. I still would consider a second opinion if I were you. You may want to consider the University Of Pennsylvania.
While on the subject..Although mine aren't purebred by any means, they both have very long backs. Is this the reason that they are prone to problems. Bella's back shows much more flexibility in it than Teegan's. His back is very "stiff". What preventative measures can I take to help prevent problems??
I will look in to that we took to a hospital where they did it so its not really our vet we looked in too more places there was a place in Red Bank that was cheaper but we werent looking to get cheaper job we were told by others this was the best place to go so we went there.
I had a mini several years ago and he was very over weight, learned to sit up which really is a no no I would think for a doxie, but my dad taught him to sit up. We never had any back problems which is surprising considering. But, if I were you and I know how much you love your dog, I would consider a holistic vet, chiorapractor for dogs, and even a little wheel chair for dogs that would take some of the strain off the back. One of my female schnauzers has a disc problem (so they say) but I still believe it was from Frontline. She could not walk for about a week. Even go to another vet for a second opionion. What have you got to lose? I would check out every area I could. Good luck with your baby.