Our 5 year old standard dachshund Carly was diagnosed with a ruptured disc in her back. We rushed her into the vet on Monday morning, we were devastated when the Dr. told us what was wrong & told us she had to stay. At first we thought she had injured her leg, or her hip, but of course it progressively got worse 7 by Monday morning her hind legs were barely moving. We felt such guilt, we got her from a good breeder, we thought, but she neglected to tell us how common this injury is in dachshunds & how to prevent it. Carly has always been very playful, up & down stairs, jumps up on the couch, etc....Needless to say we immediately felt guilty because if we could have precented this from happening, of course we would have done everything possible. The vet told us she had to stay for a couple of days to confine her & give her predisone. We did discuss the operating option but he told us it wasnt even a guarantee costing $3000-$5000. We went back on Wed thinking we were picking her up to bring her home & he said her injury was significant & she had to stay longer. He also mentioned if she didnt improve & her legs stayed paralized then hemight suggest putting her down. I was devastated!!! I coulndt believe what I was hearing. He asked us to call back the next day, so we did at the end of the day & we were told that she had improved & we could pick her up the following day. We are thrilled that she is coming home & we know that we have our work cut out for us. My husband is picked her up yesterday afternoon. She is on strict confinement for several weeks, still on predisone. Her tail is wagging which is a good sign! If anyone has any therapy suggestions otr advice that will help us when Carly recovers enough to use her legs, PLEASE post them. Thank you!!
While you are blaming your breeder and excusing your own responsibilites, why not stop and think.....prior to purchasing any dog (or adopting) you should do some research on the breed you are planning get. If you had done the research, you would have known the common problems of IVDD in dachshunds.
As far as your vet goes, is he/she a board certified neurologist/neurosurgeon? If not I would definatly look into finding one. First of all, it is not your vets decision to put her down due to a back injury/paralysis, it is yours. There are many dogs who have lost the use of their back legs who live happy lives in carts "wheel chairs". Your vet should have given you both cenarios and let you decide. Also how was she diagnosed? MRI or myelogram?
As far as prevention..... not allowing your weenie to jump up of down onto or off furniture, and not allowing them to go up or down steps, makes no difference. There have been many site studies done and it has been determined that it's all in genetics, shorter legs, and shorter backs (more prone to herniation regardless of lifestyle). So don't feel guilty about letting her be a dog.
As far as exercises, let me say first and foremost..... FOLLOW YOUR VETERINARIANS INSTRUCTIONS! When your vet recommends slowly uping her activity levels then massage and ROM (range of motion) are a good place to start. When a herniation happens nerves within the spinal cord are damaged, the massage and ROM help to one get blood flowing to those muscles, and two reteach the nerves. Weight baring/swimming/ bicycles, there is so much that you can do to help your baby regain strength and control of those legs, just remember it doesn't happen over night. Follow the cage rest rules to a T and don't fudge even a bit! Good luck!
First of all not once did we NOT take responsibility for Carlys injury & BLAME the breeder. The point I was making was that over the many visits that we had made to the breeder before bringing Carly home we were NOT told how SEVERE this could be. Of course I did reading but didnt realize that by going up & down our stairs & jumping on the coach she could be left paralized. We ARE taking full responsibility & in turn will make sure Carly gets better. We are doing exactly what the vet has told us to do & she is coming along very good. He is happy with her progress but we know we have a long way to go. We feel guilty enough without reading nasty feedback from people like you. We DO appreciate the positive feedback that we get though. Are you a breeder or a vet? You must be one or the other......
I wasn't trying to be nasty, yet I hear it all the time "the breeder never told us." Ok, ok probably should have been mentioned by the breeder, and yet if you even google dachshund health problems.... IVDD is the first thing that comes up. I by no means meant to make you feel bad, and I'm sorry.
And again, jumping up and down on furniture and going up and down steps probably made no difference in your weenie. I own three dachshunds, aging from 1 1/2 to 6 yrs old. Max who is 6 now has an "increased" risk for IVDD in my eyes as his father herniated TWICE and his brother herniated once; brother herniated almost 4 months b4 dad did. Yet Max could go through his entire life and not have so much as a lameness due to back issues (knocking on wood now) All three of my boys behave like dogs, they run and jump onto furniture, they roll in the grass and play like fools. Oliver unfortunately inherited the Chihauhua knees (he is mixed, but long) and I hope he will stop there. Sonnie is the one that worries me, yet I have been told time and time again, his length will be his savior. Sonnie is very long and lean, he is VERY long lol. But in numbers of studies, the longer the weenie, the less likely a herniation is..... go figure.
Again, good luck and don't let what I say bother you, it's not to hurt your feelings, but just as a "now you know" and take your experience to educate others. Every time I see a weenie and their owner I make it a point to stop and talk.
BTW I am not a breeder, nor a vet I am however a vet technician. One of the hated by fat weenie clients everywhere lol, I won't prentend that they aren't over weight, and I give it straight. 1 less herniation is a good thing in my book!
I know what you are going through. Our 12 year old JRT was diagnosed earlier this week with 2 protruding discs in her neck. She's on prednisone and complete cage rest. The neurologist did not rule out the possibility of surgery for her. She seems to be coming along OK, although she's one unhappy camper about being in the cage. We are just taking things one day at a time day to see how she comes along.