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Indiana

Is that snack- for me??
 
 
Barked: Wed Jan 9, '08 1:24pm PST 
Anyone pup have this problem that can help my mom out? She's done the same thing herself in the past so she has the general idea but obviously I don't understand what's happening so when she tells me to relax and rest to let my back heal it sounds like "blah blah blah blah" My vet has me on steriods/muscle relaxers/pain meds to help the herniated disc heal and they finally gave mom some pills to make me sleepy but mom is feeling pretty discouraged with the whole thing. I'm borderline for needing surgery but the expense of it is more than she can afford to do shrug

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skittles

if you have long- hair BEWARE
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 10, '08 1:58pm PST 
im so sorry no my dogz have never had this
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Blixa

Mama's Boy and- proud of it!
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 10, '08 3:02pm PST 
You need complete crate rest for at least 6 weeks - including being carried out to go to the bathroom and back in again. (You also need more water due to being on the steroids.) Join www.hotdogblog.com too. A lot of people with tons of experience are on there and can help you get the info. you need.
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Indiana

Is that snack- for me??
 
 
Barked: Wed Jan 16, '08 11:12am PST 
Thanks for the link.. am off to check it out. We're on week 4 right now and we're sure that while he's got movement its going to be a while before he gets strength/coordination/feeling back in those back legs so we're looking into wheels for him.
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Riley

Life is good!
 
 
Barked: Sat Jan 26, '08 11:48pm PST 
I had a back problem ut I recovered. I would check out dodgerslist.com. They are a group that specializes in doxies with back issues. Good luck!
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Pork Chop

Hi! Please pet- me!
 
 
Barked: Sat Jan 26, '08 11:49pm PST 
I have hjad surgery for my back problems and I have not recovered. But I use a wheelchair cart and I live a very happy and healthy life!

At least 6 weeks of strict crate rest is necessary for recovery.

Good luck!

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Johanna

Do not pity me!
 
 
Barked: Sat Jan 26, '08 11:52pm PST 
Hi! I know that things are very dificult right now, but keep positive!

Disabled dachshunds can live great lives! Look at me! I'm happy and healthy!

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Daisy Mae

daisybarkett.com
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 28, '08 12:04pm PST 
I had surgery on 1/16 and am so far doing great. I get to walk with the help of a scarf used like a sling. Next week I get to try and walk on my own, just a little bit. And tomorrow I get my 20 staples o ut!!
See my page for video's too!!
Oh and we belong also to dogsterlist and we just love that group!! Great for information as well as support!
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Dreyfus 2002-2008

260996
 
 
Barked: Fri Feb 1, '08 6:20pm PST 
We're going through the exact same thing here...We're sick with worry...I hope your guy comes out okay
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Indiana

Is that snack- for me??
 
 
Barked: Wed Feb 13, '08 12:45pm PST 
Well I'm excited to report that Indiana is doing well. He was weak when he was first diagnosed but still walking. He rebelled so much over the crate rest that he ended up making himself worse and went fully down. The vet tested him and he was showing no indication of deep pain sensation. From all I had read online once he got to that point his odds of surgical success weren't all that great. Depending on what source of info you were looking at it varied greatly but I found atleast 2 neurologists that treated IVDD and didn't recommend surgery once there was a loss of deep pain. The expense of surgery was more than we were able to handle after having to get Lizzie dental surgery a few months ago so we opted for medicinal treatement. Of course both the vets I saw here told me I was insane and if I didn't do surgery I might as well put him down shock Even if treatment didn't work the pain would subside and I could get him a cart like Porkchop who posted above has and he'd be fine.

We're excited to report that Tuesday Feb 5th he started walking again snoopy I've been doing some massages on him, the massage specialist said there's good indications that it can help stimulate the nerves and he has all of his feeling back in his left leg and is almost there in his right. I took him back to the 2 vets that saw him so they could see the progress so they'd know this was possible for people who couldn't afford surgery - I hate when they recommend euth where its not necessary - One was fabulous and excited at his progress. Looked at my journal I've kept of his recovery so see how it progressed, etc. The other one acted like I was just there for an "I told you so" Talk about making me lose all respect for her as a vet. I really thought this was a good thing for anyone with a dachsie to know before there is a problem, so if surgery is not within their means they know there is another option available. No its not guaranteed to work but with enforcement of rest it can happen, if it doesn't... well we think wheels are perfectly acceptable if necessary.
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