|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 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 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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