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Fatima Barrientos | 4 months ago
Ivdd. Hello! My 9 Years Old Dachshund Has Been Paralyzed From The Back Legs Since Sunday…

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Hello! My 9 years old dachshund has been paralyzed from the back legs since Sunday morning. We took him to the vet in the moment that happened. They recommend crate rest for 2 weeks and they going to see him again. He is on steroids, tramadol, a gastric protector and methacarbonol. My concern is that he is not doing pi or poop for his own. The first day I helped him to do number 1 doing some pressure, but number two a vet has to help him. We are now at 2 day and he was able to do number 1 by his self at his bed with a pad underneath, but he hasn’t poop. We are giving a laxative to make his stool softer, but I want to now how can I help him to do it? And want to know if he is not doing it because he is in pain or just because he is afraid to have pain when his trying? I will appreciate all the help. We cannot afford surgery, but we don’t want to give up with him. Thanks

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Good morning… I’m so sorry about your dog. Dr. Magnifico has some videos posted on YouTube regarding ivdd that you might find helpful. I would also speak to the vet again and ask them to walk you through “how to” so that you can help your dog go to the bathroom.

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Mike Swenson | 4 months ago
My Otherwise Healthy 3 Yr Old Female Dachsund Began Exhibiting Odd Behavior About A Month…

My otherwise healthy 3 yr old female dachsund began exhibiting odd behavior about a month ago. She stops whatever activity she is engaged in and lies down on the floor and simply bobs her head. She will not respond to any commands nor will she eat, drink or potty. These episodes usually occur a couple times a week and may last up to 16l hours such as the one she is currently in. Most, however, last from 1-6 hours. The episodes end just as the began when she will stand up and then maybe jump up on couch with me, or get a drink or a bite to eat or maybe even retrieve a favorite toy. As is for the last 6 hours she had not been lieing on the floor bobbing her head. I’m at a loss here as I nor anyone I’ve asked has ever heard of this type behavior and I’m afraid that 1 day she won’t come out of it and will be lost. Any help or advice you can provide will be met with the utmost gratitude I assure you. Thank you for your consideration.

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Hello,
Have you taken her to your vet for an exam spoken to them about this? It’s really where you need to start to get some idea of what’s going on. I really think and exam, bloodwork and an X-ray are a good place to start. After that a neurologist might be needed. Start with the basics on the medical side.

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Chris Cabrera | 5 months ago
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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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 »

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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

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RL | 6 months ago
8 Year Old Dachshund Paralyzed With IVDD. Surgery Still An Option?My 8 Year Old…

8 year old Dachshund paralyzed with IVDD. Surgery still an option?

My 8 year old dachshund became paralyzed late last year. This is his second episode. The first time, we had the funds available to quickly get him back surgery and he fully recovered. This time, we just didn’t have the cash so we opted for the conservative method, and have been taking him to physical therapy, treating him with gabapentin and trying to keep his quality of life as good as we can. He is incontinent- he can hold in his urine but not release at will. The last neuro check up we had (2 months ago) they said he was difficult to read and very stoic, so they couldn’t tell if he had deep pain sensation or the ability to move his legs on his own.

We now have enough funds to afford the surgery, but it’s been nearly 6 months. Is it still possible that this would have any benefit? His incontinence and general high needs is starting to wear on me, and he’s now self harming. I don’t know what else to do to help him.

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Hello,
I would discuss all options with the neurologist. Only they can help you answer this.

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Tina Brown | 7 months ago
My Dauchshund Was Examined Yesterday He Had Rear Leg Paralysis But Now He Won’t Eat…

My dauchshund was examined yesterday he had rear leg paralysis but now he won’t eat and I can’t get him to take pills I’m all worried that because he isn’t eating the pills will make him sick please help

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Sorry about your dog. First thing, I would definitely let the vet know that he is refusing to eat. I would also try to entice him with a few favorites… treats, cheese, ham, hot dog pieces. If he still isn’t interested, maybe try boiled chicken and rice as it is bland but tasty (at least my dogs fins it tasty). This way if his stomach is the issue, the bland food may help. But I would still let the vet know abut the loss of appetite. Hoe this helps.

Krista Magnifico
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Hello.
I agree with Sarah. There is something going on. Your dog needs to see the vet again ASAP.

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Tina Brown,
How is your dog? I also have a dachshund. She has back issues & went limp before due to a disc pressing on her spine. Try putting her medicine in a piece of cheese that’s how I get my dachshund to take her meds. Best of luck with your dachshund..

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J Emond | 8 months ago
My 4 Year Old Mini Dachshund Has Been Diagnosed With A Herniated Disk And The…

My 4 year old mini dachshund has been diagnosed with a herniated disk and the neurologist is recommending surgery. He is obviously experiencing pain but steroids and gabapentin seem to be helping for now. This is his second round of steroids consecutively. He is confined to a small area and we are carrying him in and outside. I obviously want to do what is right for him but am reluctant to have the surgery done without trying any other remedy first. He is not seeming to be in pain at this point but we only have one more steroid to go. Does anyone have any recommendations or can share their experience??

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Hello,
My best advice is to see a neurologist ASAP. From there It is my personal experience and opinion that if surgery is done ASAP these patient fare better than this who wait. The only time I don’t regret surgery is when the owner cannot afford it. If you cannot the patients who recover best are those with owners who devote heir time and lives to their pets during the recovery period. I have lots of info on my blog and YouTube channel. I wish you both the best.

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Bobbie Guercio | 10 months ago
My 13 Yr Old Dachshund Was Walking Around Just Fine And Sporadically Went Down At…

My 13 yr old dachshund was walking around just fine and sporadically went down at 7:30 p.m. in his back unable to use his back end. We immediately took him to Animal ER and they diagnosed him with disc issue and no DPS. By 1:30 p.m. the next day he was in surgery. He is one week out of surgery and still no bladder control, yet he looks back at his feet when i pinch his toes. What is your guess of his recovery and the use of acupuncture?

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Good morning. So sorry about your dog. When is the next follow up appointment with your regular vet? You may want to touch base with them periodically beforehand to give them updates. As far as acupuncture, I would also get the opinion from your vet as well as a recommendation of whom you should take your dog to.

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The best advice I can give is to ask the neurologist to help you with a consult. They can give you the best guess on recovery and prognosis. I have seen some of these guys take weeks to regain basic function.

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Cheyenne Woods | 10 months ago
My Dachshund Is 4 Years Old And About 8 Months Ago Was Diagnosed With Disc…

My dachshund is 4 years old and about 8 months ago was diagnosed with disc disease. Yesterday she got paralysis and stopped using her hind legs completely. The vet gave her anti-inflammatories, pain meds, and a laser treatment. It cost me $250 for all that and the visit yesterday. They told me to call the neurologist because surgery is my best bet if I want her to walk again. I’m sure the MRI alone is going to cost lot and the surgery of Fortune. But I watched one of your videos and you rehabilitating a beagle who had paralysis. What can I do? Is there hope for my Zoey?

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Hello. Im sorry to hear about your dog. Regardless of which treatment method you chose you should talk to your vet about your abilities financial and physical and decide which treatment plan is right for you. They will assist you with whichever you chose by both take time, patience and a lot of dedication. I can’t tell you which is best but you have to be openand honest. If you cannot afford an mri and surgery chose conservative and move on with a plan for your pups best chance at recovery. It is a long road and you will need… Read more »

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jared jackson | 10 months ago
I Have A 2 Year Dachshund Who’s Always Been Loyal To Me, Never Goes To…

I have a 2 year dachshund who’s always been loyal to me, never goes to sleep until i go and favors me over my wife. I recently deployed for 9 months and came back yesterday and he has done nothing but growl at me and bark at me if i pet him. As soon as I walk away he cries and wants my attention and follows me everywhere its just when i pet him he gets mad. Could it be he’s mad at me for being gone for 9 months ??

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Laura
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First, thank you for your service.

To be honest, it’s more likely that he’s unsure about you due to how long you were gone. Give it time. Work on obedience training and walking him by yourself…set a routine and stick with it, and that will help build his confidence.

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I agree with Laura. Be patient. Be a kind generous parent and try to also be the person who feeds, walks and stays quiet and gentle. It takes time to rebuild a bond. Especially when your pet thinks you are a visitor. Best of luck. Welcome home.

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John Booth | 11 months ago
20lb Male Dachshund 12 Years Old, Neutered. In Good To Excellent Health. Consumed…

20lb male Dachshund 12 years old, neutered. In good to excellent health. Consumed human Levothyroxine NA .137MG tab 4 days ago. Now has difficulty executing stairs, up and down. Is he likely permanently injured? Will it metabolize out and will he recover?

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Hi- sorry that happened. You should call poison control with this type of question.if it had just happened, my advice would have been call poison control and then get to your vet for fluids, but since it’s already been a bit of time, my best advice would be to call poison control and then take their advice. Best of luck!

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Cqll pet poison or your vet.