OK I never join chat groups so this is an indication of how desperate I am. Our 9 year old mini dachsund, Tucker, required back surgery 2 weeks ago. One disc and 5/6 fenestrations. Four days post op Tucker ran a fever of 104 and went back into hospital for better pain control. We thought that it had happened because I'd let him walk a little too much. Fever was brought under control and we brought him home - he was kept calm and mostly in a cage for the past week...we had him on a steady diet of prednisone, tramadol, methocarbamol and clavamox [blood tests did not show an infection but it was preventative]. We only allowed him to walk on a leash for a few minutes each day so that he could sniff the grass and pee...he seemed to be on the mend. Then 2 days ago he began to show signs of fever or anxiety [panting, not being able to get comfortable etc]. We increased the tramadol and methocarbamol thinking that pain might be contributing to the fever. Finally, we rushed him into the animal hospital last night. They decided to watch him to see if it would go down without IV pain meds but his fever increased to 105. Now they are running tests for Valley fever and tick fever [we live in Arizona]. Does anyone have any experience with post-op fevers 2 weeks out of surgery? Thank you.
I just read your post. Please read my title "Please help Fritz" You seem to be experiencing the same post back surgery problem we are. This is also my first time on a forum. We are desperate and no one seems to be able to tell us anything. He is on 7 medicines now was okay for one day; then later that night started throwing up. His fever has gotten up to 105.
My Daxie has back trouble. I spent a lot of money on his back problem, just short of surgery, then his doc said it was time to take him to the University for surgery. Crate training just helped a little bit. Daxie is 7 yrs. He had stopped wagging his tail, and was dragging his hind section, not pooping. I go to my chiropractor for my back and thought, "If the chiropractic is the first line of back help for people, why not dogs?" My chiropractor did the activator, and some lazer therapy a couple of times. He was remarkedly better the first visit. After 2nd visit, at one point he could not get his hind legs underneath him. I was terrified that I had messed up. Took him back to chiro next day, and after that adjustment my Daxie was a new dog! That all happened 1.5 years ago. He gets an adjustment every 3 or 4 months, and is ok. He is holding his poop right now, so it is probably time to take him back. The moral of this story is that there is another option to surgery for dogs, especially dachsunds. The activator is a little thumping device that works with precision. There are now chiropractors who specialize in dogs...find one!