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Why Can’t my Dachshund Walk?

What should I do with my Doxie who has hurt himself or something is wrong. He is only 3 years old. He has gotten worse...

Dr. Eric Barchas  |  Mar 13th 2009


What should I do with my Doxie who has hurt
himself or something is wrong. He is only 3 years
old. He has gotten worse over the last couple of
days he is losing the use of his hind legs and my
husband and I have to carry him up the front porch
steps. He is only in pain when he is picked up or
handled. Can you tell me if it sounds like a
dislocated hip or what? Thanks for your help.

Regina
Crescent City,Ca. Pacific Nort

Your dog needs to see a vet immediately.

Based upon your description, it sounds like your dog has ruptured or “slipped” a disc in his spine. This is a serious situation that can lead to severe pain or paralysis.

The spine is composed of segments of bone with discs, made of cartilage, that serve as cushions between each segment. Because of their extremely elongated spines, Dachshunds are prone to degeneration of the discs. This can cause them to burst out of their normal position and impinge on the spinal cord.

Symptoms of the syndrome, which is called intervertebral disc disease (or IVDD), include pain, reluctance to walk or difficulty walking, inability to place the hind legs in the proper position, weakness in the hind legs, and complete paralysis of the hind legs. Difficulty urinating or defecating also may occur.

IVDD is an emergency. Any dog suffering from symptoms of IVDD should see a veterinarian as soon as possible. In some cases, medicines and cage rest may treat the syndrome. However, many dogs require surgery.

Photo: Despite their efforts, Mollie’s parents lost her to IVDD.