|Barked: Thu Dec 2, '10 12:32am PST |
|My 6 1/2 year old miniature dachshund Maxine injured her back while we were on a trip 8 hours from our hometown in May 2010. I still have no knowledge of how this injury occurred. She suddenly lost movement in her rear left leg. It was late in the afternoon and I wasn't sure what was going on. After contacting the local vet I decided to wait until the morning before taking her in and just keep her quiet the rest of the night. Upon waking the next morning, Max had lost movement in both her rear legs and was in a great deal of pain. Anyone who has dealt with this situation understands the panic that ensues. To make a long story short, after being told the only option for my dog to walk again by 3 different veterinarians in southern California was a $5000-$6000 surgery that at best had a %50 chance of success I was distraught. I was told because 2 days had gone by since the injury occurred, the chances of the surgery working had greatly decreased. I was approved for a $5000 care credit card and was about to rush her to a surgeon nonetheless. I decided to give a close friend of mine who is a vet tech at clinic in my hometown a call and give him the bad news. He informed me that they had treated dogs with spinal injuries with "intravenous steroid blasting" at a fraction of the cost ($750) with high success. I got in the car and drove through the night to get her to them the following morning. She was examined and omitted that morning, still without the ability to stand or urinate (she was at least heavily medicated for pain). They kept her on the intravenous steroids overnight and through the next day (appx. 24hrs). He brought her home to me that night. I couldn't believe what I saw. Max could stand, granite she was staggering like a drunk as she attempted to walk, she was up. She urinated for me that evening and after feeding her some pure pumpkin defecated the following morning. I was told to keep her on strict cage rest for at least 8 weeks. She wasn't happy at first, but then got used to the routine. I must emphasize the importance of the cage rest. I actually kept her in the cage except to go to the bathroom for 10 weeks. Max was ready to go full blast after a month, but I stuck to it and didn't let her out.
Today, Maxine is her normal self. It is as if the injury never happened. She is again chasing cats and squirrels across my backyard as she always had. I still try to keep her from jumping on the couches/beds, but her recovery has been amazing.
Surgery is not the only option when this kind of injury occurs. Always get as many opinions as you can, as quickly as possible. I had one vet tell me that the only thing to save her mobility was surgery, and if it was her dog it would have already been done. She made me feel horrible. I understand that this procedure may not always be the best option, but it worked fantastically for Maxine. Don't give up hope! I cannot begin to express my appreciation to the magnificent staff of the pet clinic that treated Maxine.
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