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Dachshund back injury, surgery and recovery process

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12/30/2012
 
 
Barked: Tue Jan 15, '13 9:02pm PST 
Hi, my spike had his surgery on Christmas Eve, he was doing fine and all the sudden I took him ou and he sat down and couldn't get up anymore. We rushed him to the emergency care where within 12h he had his surgery. The surgeon told us that he still had feelings but every case is different. So we went ahead and proceed. $5400 later, my wife nor I hadn't slept or eat, he stayed at the emergency care for 4 days. Now he's home. He wiggles his tail and can pee and poop by himself. Also with assistance he can stand and walk few steps before he looses his balance. He spent the first couple of weeks inside a playpen where he stays all the time except for taking him out and changing his blankets twice a day, now when I get home from work I take him out and sit with him on the floor,. I started to do a bit of exercises, mostly massaging his legs for blood flow, but I really don't want to work him out too much. We Live one day at the time and look forward. I had a lot of people telling me that I shouldn't wasted my money. But he's my baby and I know he will be fine. He will have to see the surgeon next week, where he will evaluate him and give us a better exercises regime. If there is any other suggestion from someone who went thru this I really appreciate it. Thank you.
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Scooter,- PAWS

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Barked: Wed Jan 16, '13 6:19am PST 
I had back surgery too. Mine ended up being emergency surgery too because we tried crate rest, but after a few days, I couldn't walk at all.

My recovery was different in that my doctor wanted me up and walking as soon as I was able (about 3 or 4 days after surgery). I'm not sure if that has to do with which disc was herniated? Some say their docs give them strict rest for a few weeks...some have you do excercises with them. I didn't do excercises. I just got up and walked around. It was a very drunk walk at first but got better. I would say it took a few months to have a full recovery but if I remember correctly, 80% returns within a few weeks or a month? But again, it may depend on which disc was herniated?

If you click on my picture and go to the bottom of my page, I have a diary. My surgery was back in 2009...you can read about my surgery and recovery there too.

Good luck to you! hughughughughug
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Barked: Sat Jan 19, '13 7:29am PST 
Quick update on spike, he stands, and trying to find his balance. Last night he surprised us standing. Was very emotional
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Scooter,- PAWS

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Barked: Sat Jan 19, '13 12:59pm PST 
way to go That's great news...I remember seeing it too...the standing and the wobble back and forth....then the walk. Wait until you see the walk cloud 9
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Barked: Wed Jan 23, '13 7:28pm PST 
Great
He went for a check and he's doing great. Gave me a couple of specialist that can work some physical therapy with spike. Well see. Any suggestions
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Scooter,- PAWS

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Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 6:03am PST 
I didn't have physical therapy. It's interesting how some docs work your recovery. I couldn't walk pre-surgery and within 5 days of surgery I was up, very wobbly, but standing and walking a little bit. My "physical therapy" was getting up and walking as much as I was able as long as it didn't involve stairs, jumping on furniture, or running.

Honestly, if you are being referred for physical therapy, you should wait to get the info from them. I would hate for anyone to give you info here and it not be right for you.

Good luck to you! hughughughughug
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Barked: Sat Jan 26, '13 2:00pm PST 
Spike started physical therapy and water swimming therapy today. He did very good. Anyone has an idea on pricing And result ratio?
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Elvis

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Barked: Sat Jan 26, '13 4:46pm PST 
So happy to hear he is doing a little better. I am so glad he has great people to take care of him anyone who says I should not have spent 6000.00 to fix my dogs legsI pay no attention to. I have a happy dog and everyday he makes me smile. I hope spike continues to get better.
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Barked: Sat Jan 26, '13 7:53pm PST 
I know you won't believe how many ppl called me crazy.
I have a question. Should I also use heating pads on his back. I've had mixes opinions on that.
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Scooter,- PAWS

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Barked: Mon Jan 28, '13 5:21am PST 
honestly.....ask your vet. I don't think it would hurt, but one thing that made me nervous during Scooters recovery is how many people had advice about what we should and should not do. We followed our specialist advice and would ask questions. I would think a heating pad is okay but not sure.

Physical therapy and water therapy pricing will vary depending on where you live. Since I didn't need either one, I can't really help with that.

Hope you continue to feel better! way to gohug
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