|Barked: Fri Jan 8, '10 7:45am PST |
|Murphy, what I can best offer you is peace of my mind. Many in the Dachshund community....and I am talking about breeders with valuable stud/show dogs....would not opt for surgery anyway. Steroid blasting often is the choice of preference.
I have been through this twice myself, one with much like you are experiencing now with my Dachs, Oscar, and then later with my very large GSD, Pogo, who severely ruptured a disc in his back (his vet, a lead surgeon at Tufts, said it was the worst he had ever seen, as if a "gun went off in his back"). Philo had surgery, Oscar did not.
Mostly what you need is patience. If you are going to torment yourself, you will drive yourself nuts. Six months of cage rest is the protocol of expectation. Neither of mine took that six months to regain use of their hindend, but it is a good figure to keep in mind. It is good for you to come to terms with particularly if he has IVDD, which means that there is higher likelihood this might happen again. It's tough, but they are dogs....they are resilient. Be kind, supportive, diligent and don't beat yourself up
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