Hi, I have a 5 yr old make Dauchand. Back in Oct/Nov of 2007 he lost mobility of his back legs due to a Herniated disc. Well in or about May/June he was walking again he was not walking perfectly but he was walking. Unfortuntly on Friday night he must have slipped or something because that night and early Sunday he was having trouble again, we took him to the vet Saturday and he put him on some Steriods again, but he is not walking very much. I know I have to think about having surgery but I wondering if anyone has had to have the surgery? or has any simular stories, because my dog is my baby and I am kinda scared of the surgery. Thanks in advance for any information.
i am so sorry about your baby. my husband and i are going to the same thing right now with our 5 year old dauchand. one day he was walking funny and if you touched his back he would yelp. so we took him to our vet and put him on steriods. the vet told us he had to much calcium build up on his disk. so he stayed at the vet over night. the next day we picked him up he was fine. two days later he lost use of his back legs. the vet charged us $600.00 for the medication and over night stay. now its been two weeks he has not walked. we have to carry him outside to go potty. we are going to take him back to the vet but i have looked for surgery and it is very expensive. no way can we afford it. we do not know what we are going to do. we do not have kids so our woody is like a child too us. i pray he wakes up and can walk again. my woody loves to run at the park. i just do not see its fare for him when all he can do is lay around. if i have any news from my vet i will share it with you. our prays go out to your baby...
First of all let me say that I am very sorry that you both are having to go through this with your babies. One year ago I had no idea that Inteverbal Disk Disease was such a common problem in dachshunds. Unfortunately I have found that even with it being so common, most dachshund owners do not even know about it. So often you see over weight weenies who are allowed to jump on and off furniture, and have unsupervised roam of the home. Although many slim weenies have herniations as well.
About 78% of all dachshunds who display symptoms of back problems recover without surgery. It does however take a lot of nursing care from the owners. First and formost cage rest! We here excuse after excuse as to why owners "cannot" cage their dog..... it's more like... will not. They may cry, and beg to get out but if you want to help them, ignore them. If your dog still refuses to keep quiet and calm your vet can prescribe a sedative such as acepromazine. In the practice I work at now the vets tend to prescribe prednisone and a pain managment, I disagree. After watching a neurologist work and understanding her methods I beleive the animal should also be on methocarbamol which is a muscle relaxer. It helps to releive the muscle contractions and twitches associated with their condition. In most cases just two weeks of cage rest and meds will do, but if your dog has lost bladder control and use of the back legs you may be in for a lot more time.
In surgical cases time is of the essence, the longer the disc material presses against the spinal cord the more damage it does. Your dog can go from walking to not walking overnight. Durning that time they start to loose nerve impulses, the last is deep pain, which is bone pain. This is tested by pinching the dogs toes and watching for a response. A withdrawl is not a "real" response, it is a reflex. Deep pain response is dialation of pupils, crying, if the dog is panting it may stop, they even turn to look at you or the toe you are pinching. If a neurological exam determines the dog may need surgery they will undergo a procedure to determine where the herniation is. Either a myelogram (dye study of the spinal colum) or MRI can determine this. Spinal x-rays cannot and are generally not helpful to a neurologist. Myelograms generally can take from 30 minutes to an hour start to finish depending on the size of he dog and how well the dye flows through the colum. MRI take significantly less time, but in most cases they are not always accessible. Surgery is usually performed in the same day, they animal goes from myelogram to the OR. Depending on your surgeon it could be another hour. The process is quite simple, locate the lesion, clear it out and get out. Expect you dog to stay overnight at least for 24-48 hours depending on the extend of the lesion, and their condition prior to surgery. After surgery you will be required to keep your dog on STRICT cage rest for 2-3 weeks. This means carrying them outside to potty and right back to the cage.
Picking a surgeon. It is my personal experience that I would recommend you find a neurologist/neurosurgeon instead of a general surgeon. no offence to the good ones out there, but they tend to cut corners. Dr. Chauvet (the neurologist I worked for) was adament about fenestration. Fenestrate means window, and it is when the surgeon creates windows in the discs above and below the herniation, this process helps in the event of a second herniation. If that happens the disk has a place to go and is directed away from the spinal cord. If you choose to go with a general surgeon ask if they do this, if not, ask why, and if they will, or can. Consider a university for the surgery, but don't expect it to be much cheaper than a neurologist :)
you can expect to pay between 3000 and 3500 for the myelogram, surgery, medications and nursing care. That was the basic cost where I worked. Depending on the area you live in it could be more or less, but in this type of case (it kills me to say this) I would go with a higher estimate. This is not something you want to bargain with.
be prepared to go home with lots to do! If your dog has lost bladder control, you will either need to catheterize (if a male) or manually express the bladder. depending on how long you have to do this you may have to deal with UTI because even with catheterization or expressing you cannot fully empty the bladder, and so urine stays trapped inside causing infection. After two weeks you will have rehab homework, excercises that consist of weight bearing, massage, and range of motion. This is all very important because it helps retrain the nerves that were damaged from the herniation.
It's a tough road, and it requires determination. I hope this helps and the info isn't too overwhelming. If you have any more questions just ask! Dr. Chauvet has a website with some information..... www.petneuro.com
I trully beleive in this woman, she has done so much in the world of neurology, and continues to make even more strides. If you get a chance, follow the links to the press releases and read the story about Olla the lioness. Dr.Chauvet and her team performed surgery on her and saved her life. It was the greatest experience of my life!
thanks for the good information ... We have been keeping our 11 year old crated most of the day after his surgery. $4000 later, but he is starting to get use of his legs back and can even walk 6-8 steps, so it will be worth every penny. We have always had doxies and this is the first time we have experienced the ruptured disk. We have two others, now, one we just rescued from petfinder who is a sweetheart, but we are careful now not to allow them to jump at all.
Hi I am sorry to hear about your baby. I got an ID on this website to reply to you. I have the same dog and had to eventually get surgery. Look for an orthopedic surgeon that is a Diplomat. They go to extra school. Also research a Homeopathic medicine called NUX VOMICA. I also got her acupuncure after she had reinjurred her back years after the surgery and it worked. Last option is EDDIES WHEELES out of Mass. I have seen dogs on these wheels and the get around fine. All the luck in the world.
actually no offence..... do not search out an orthopedic surgeon EVER! If you are refered to one because there is not a neurologist in or around the area, that is fine, but I would NEVER recommend looking for an orthopod to do a neuro's job.... sorry.
hello my dachsund went through the surgery about 6 years ago as she was paralized. She came through the surgery but we had to work hard with her when we got her home such as filling the tub up full and letting her paddle in the water, walking her with a scarg under her belly to support her and lots of love. She can walk now with a limp, but cant jump or climg stairs or anything like that anymore but thats ok with me. Right now she is in a clinic in canton ohio getting ready to kidney stone removal on tuesday and i am sick to death. Do anything you can for her if you can afford it because in the end you will be glad you did and not ask yourself why didnt i do this or that. Do what the vet suggests for your dog and you well being. You will be glad you did and give her lots of love after. karen katie5
my minnie datschund seem to have a problem, today is sunday no vets so i may have to wait til monday, my dog never had problems but she like jumping from the coach to the floor and up many times, its hard to get them to stop jumping off, i notice her trembling and it seem something hurts her. I am new to this situation can someone give me feed back, what can i do to alliviate tha til i do take her to the vet?? pleaseeee help.