|Barked: Mon May 14, '07 10:15pm PST |
|If possible, see a neurologist. General vets don't always have extensive experience with dachshund backs and surgeons almost always want to do surgery. There are different symptoms depending on where the disc problem is and what nerves are involved. Some dogs have a lot of pain. A dog with neck disc problems may cry whey it bends it's head to drink water. Or you may notice their hind quarters quivering when they stand. Some don't have any pain but have decreased use of their limbs. When Roxy "went down" she stumbled and seemed weak in her hind legs. I called the vet right away and the receptionist told me there wasn't an appointment for several days. I explained the situation and she gave me some stupid advice. Fortunately, I took Roxy in anyway (right away). My vet kept her overnight and gave her steroids. The next morning she couldn't stand at all on her hind legs and we got her into surgery right away. I was lucky. Early treatment saved her from paralysis. She wobbles a little but has full mobility. Your vet should check your dog's reflexes, response to pain, movement, etc. A myelogram is usually done if the symptoms are severe and surgery may be needed. Conservative treatment is crating plus steroids.
It is really important for you to watch your dog carefully for changes so that you can get treatment asap if needed. Time really is critical.
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