Hi Dr Magnifico I am emailing you because my 7 year dachshund has a pinched…

Hi Dr Magnifico I am emailing you because my 7 year dachshund has a pinched nerve we took him to the vet twice in New Bedford, MA on Wednesday (May 1 2019) and Thursday the 2nd of May. On Wednesday the vet examined and rubbed Oscar’s spine and the rest of his body he told us Oscar had a very bad bruise on the outside and inside of his left on his back legs. But at no moment through the exam Oscar did not cry or complain. During the exam oscar was able to move to get away from the vet he could move his right leg and put a little weight on his left leg. He was injected dexamethasone and prescribed methocarbamol 500mg 1/4 tablet 2-3 time a day & prednisolone 10 mg 1/2 twice day. Later on that night oscar no function of his back legs so on Thursday we retook oscar to the vet we’re told oscer had pinched nerve the vet labeled it as Ivdd. But today Friday he was able to move his back legs just a little to reposition him self I believe he put weight on the legs and he turned. I thought that ivdd dogs could not use or have any movement on their legs. Do you believe oscar has ivdd? We’re feeling confused as a family with the both answers they gave us at the Vet. And if oscar did receive the ivdd surgery how successfull is the outcome on that surgery? Can you please help me in anyway possible with any information.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I think a few things are interesting in this case; 1. What did the vet think the bruising was related to? I don’t see bruising in IVDD unless there is concurrent trauma. 2. If you are ever confused call, or ask, the vet for clarification. That is after all what you pay for. 3. If you aren’t comfortable with the diagnosis or treatment plan ask for a second opinion from a vet your friends or family know and trust.Or, ask for a referral to a neurologist. 4. You can ask your vet… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Ok. That makes more sense. So the bruising is due to the trauma? And perhaps the loss of function is due to this too? I still think it is a good idea to have someone review the xrays and ask for a second opinion if you want more help understanding your dogs condition and prognosis. If he is improving then hopefully this will continue. Pets are incredibly resilient. I hope this helps. Very best of luck