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|THAT IS A SAD ONE. I GOT A GOOD STORY IF THIS WAS COT SOONER IT WOULD BE A EVEN BETTER STORY.
THIS IS CLEARLY
intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a common problem seen mostly in chondrodystrophoid breeds, such as the Dachshund, Pekingese, Shih-tzu, and Lhasa-apso. Other commonly affected breeds include the American Cocker Spaniel, Boston terrier, Poodle, Basset Hound, and Miniature Schnauzer. The Dachshund has by far the highest breed incidence, with a risk for IVDD that is 10-12 times higher than that of any other breed. Approximately 85% of dogs with IVDD are between three and eight years old.
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HE WAS HAVEING SEIZURES 3 VETS COULD NOT COME UP WITH HE MAY HAVE A DISC ISS. AND SAVE HIM FROM JUST GOING DOWN AND IF IT WAS NOT FOR ME. BEING PUT DOWN. OUR VETS ARE DROPING THE BALL. YES I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF IVDD. BUT THAY SHOULD HAVEl it cot early lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and eliminating unnecessary jumping and going up and down stairs would have helped
the risk of subsequent surgery.
.In general, IVDD can be separated into two anatomic regions, cervical or thoracolumbar. Cervical IVDD occurs in approximately 15% of IVDD cases. The most commonly affected regions in small breed dogs are the C2-3 and C3-4 intervertebral discs. These dogs show signs of neck pain, unwillingness to look up or move their head, reluctance to go on walks, unprovoked crying, quivering or tremors of the neck and shoulder muscles. They may become weak or paralyzed in all four limbs. Some dogs with cervical IVDD will only show signs of a “pinched” nerve. These dogs may hold one of their front legs off the ground or limp.
I KNOW MORE NOW THEN MOST VETS. THATS WHATS IS SAD.
Dogs suffering from IVDD typically have signs of back pain (arched back), and have incoordination or weakness of the hind limbs. Advanced cases may be unable to walk, and may have complete paralysis of the hind limbs. As a result, these dogs are also unable to urinate or defecate voluntarily. If your dog cannot walk, or has not urinated in over eight hours, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. Treatment of IVDD is usually determined by the severity of pain and neurological deficits. Two options exist for treatment, conservative and surgical management. Conservative management consists of anti-inflammatory doses of steroids, muscle relaxants, and strict rest. Pain medications may also be required to keep your dog comfortable. It is important to avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, Rimadyl, Deramaxx) and drugs that inhibit clotting (aspirin, Adequan, heparin) if future surgical intervention is contemplated.
IF COT TWO LATE LIKE MY LITTLE MO-MO
Surgery is needed to “decompress” the spinal cord. This procedure relieves the compression placed on the spinal cord by the ruptured disc. Bruising and swelling of the spinal cord can and, in most cases, will heal over time. This healing can take between six and nine weeks, depending on the severity of the neurological signs. some will walk again some will not . mo-mo is very happy with his wheels.
he was not put down we tryed the $3,000. Surgery it save his life. but his legs were alrady gone .
In summary, canine IVDD can be a devastating disease. Nevertheless, treatment options exist for every case, and successful outcomes can often be achieved. Time is of the essence in many cases, therefore it is important to seek veterinary care .
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