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Kali McCarty | 3 years ago
Hey There, I Have About A 7 Week Old Dachshund Mix Pup Who Has Been…

Hey there, I have about a 7 week old dachshund mix pup who has been doing pretty good with her crate, she does whine for about a minute before she finally settles down and falls asleep. I have her bed, blankets (one being mine for my scent), toys, pee pad in case she cannot hold it, and her food and water in there for her. She has a pretty decent amount of room to move around in there and have to leave her in her crate for at least four hours a day, the longest amount of time she’s in there is 8 hours because me and my boyfriend both work long shifts on Sundays. We do have an older dog that she stays with who is crate trained and has pretty much no separation anxiety what so ever. So far the pup hasn’t made any messes in her crate and again doesn’t whine for long. I was just wondering if anyone has any good advice to keep this crate training going well, honestly for my sake as well as the pup. I’m terrified of her becoming a bad case of SA. And it makes my anxiety go through the roof thinking about it. I’d really appreciate some pointers!

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It doesn’t sound like she has any of the signs of SA? So I don’t quite understand why you are worried about it? Lots of exercise, lots of training and keeping her close by another dog will all help. If she starts to develop any signs of SA see your vet.

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Randi Etheredge | 3 years ago
My Mini Dachshund Swallowed A Used Dryer Sheet. What Should I Do?

My mini dachshund swallowed a used dryer sheet. What should I do?

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I would call the pet poison helpline or the product manufacturer for help. Or call your vet. Without knowing what the dryer sheet is made of I would be very worried it might become obstructive and not pass. Especially in a small dog.

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Kasey Johnson | 3 years ago
My Dachshund Is 14 And Between 18 And 20 Lbs. He Was In Good…

My dachshund is 14 and between 18 and 20 lbs. He was in good health. I got a new couch 3 months ago and it was a little higher than the old couch. It started to be a problem for him to get on it. I would pick him up and put him on it, but it was hard to keep him from jumping off. My dogs are not left alone very often as my parents always came down to my house to sit with them. Last week my daughter had friends over and my dachshund is not so nice so we always go to the bedroom so he doesn’t bite anyone, plus I had 4 rotties (lost 1 yesterday unexpectedly to a stomach ulcer 🙁 ). He always would get so excited when people were over and just bark and bark and bark at the door. I was in the bathroom getting ready for bed and he came to the door hunched over and shaking all over. I thought oh no he is having a seizure. I picked him up and put him in my bed and held him until he stopped shaking. He laid there limp and lethargic. I knew something wasn’t right. Called our vet the next morning and when we got him in he tested him. He had a slipped disc, but had not lost any feeling. He gave him a shot in the vein and one in the muscle. He, “Tunes”, felt better pretty quickly after that. He started wanting to walk around and would raise his head. The vet sent home some more shots (steroids and anti-inflammatory) to be given for 10 days. We are coming close to the end of the 10 days and he seems like he is in more pain. He cries out when we try to pick him up, as we are trying to keep him from walking so much. He isn’t eating as good as he was. He is eating some and drinking plenty of water. He can get his four legs under him and can walk. He is alert and knows when we call his name or walk around him, but I can tell he just doesn’t feel good. He woke me up last night (I keep him close to me all night so I can check on him to make sure he is still breathing) panting really hard, he never pants – he is always cold. I know that the panting most likely means he is in pain. I picked him up and took him to get a drink of water. I noticed he was wet – he had peed in my bed. He got a good drink of water and peed outside. I then put him on the couch and I slept next to him. When we woke up early this morning he had peed on himself again. He did not poop yesterday and has not pooped today. He can move/wag his tail. My vet is an old country vet and doesn’t think he would make it through surgery. What do I do? I am reaching out to other vets for additional opinions, but I don’t have lots of money – I will do all I can as my daughter and I cannot handle the heartbreak of losing another one so close together. They are not just dogs to us, they are family so I have always given them the best care. Am I doing all I need to? Do I need to ask for some pain medicine? He will walk all over my backyard sniffing and using the bathroom. That’s his normal action for when he is searching for the right place to poop. I have a gate thing like a babies pen, so I’m going to put it out side to limit where he can travel in the back yard to use the bathroom. This way I can move it and he doesn’t have to go in the same place. Please tell me what else I can do. My vet will do what I ask him to, but I kind of blame him for the loss of my rottie “Tequila” and am having a hard time trusting what he says to do with “Tunes”.

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So sorry about your baby. Such things are tough on everybody; Jasmine had neck issues. There seem to be a lot of pain that lingers for quite a while. Another thing to consider that it might not always be from the spine itself but secondary “trigger points” which are also very painful and Jasmine had problems with them. You do need a vet to re-evaluate the situation; if there are not neurological deficits, trigger points (myofascial trigger points) might be at play. If you have trust issues with your vet, a second opinion might be in order. More/better pain management… Read more »

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Mckenzie Bales | 3 years ago
Hello, I Have A 12 Pound Dachshund Named Bailey Who Started Yelping In Pain And…

Hello, I have a 12 pound dachshund named Bailey who started yelping in pain and limping 6 days ago (Wednesday). She was rushed to the vet, you can probably guess what I am about to say which is that the vet suspected Ivdd, since Bailey could still walk she was sent home with cage rest, pain meds and an anti inflammatory. The next morning I got up and she was completely dragging her back legs. Back to the vet I went, the vet suggested a neuro consult and surgery but at the large price tag of about $8000 I can not afford it so the vet sent Bailey home on prednisone and pain meds, in the last 6 days she has regained her deep pain sensation and can wag her tail and control her bowels (although she never lost bowel function) she seems like she can stand for a little but can’t move her legs still. Is there any hope of her walking again? It’s been a week with no new motor function other than a wagging tail. I’m overcome with guilt not having the funds to help her but there’s nothing I can do. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you,
Mckenzie

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So sorry to hear about Bailey. Please review this article and accompanying videos
http://kmdvm.blogspot.ca/2017/01/hank-cervical-disc-disease-management.html

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Sharon Duncan | 3 years ago
My 15 1/2 Yr Old Miniature Dachshund Has Canine Cognitive Dysfunction & Has Been On…

My 15 1/2 yr old miniature dachshund has canine cognitive dysfunction & has been on selegiline for almost 2 years. She is currently taking 4MG BID instead of 8MG QD to try to reduce the daytime & nighttime pacing. It did help some. Can I give SAM-e (100MG) in addition to Selegiline? I am giving her Melatonin (1MG) at night which works for about 4 hours. Can I increase the dosage? Could I also give it during the day? I believe the Selegiline may make the pacing worse but she is far better cognitively with it than without. She is also on Amantadine 20MG QD for arthritis pain along with Rimadyl 12.5MG BID. Everything I read tells me Tramadol is contraindicated with Selegiline due to the risk of serontonin syndrome. Wondering if I could try it at 12.5MG at nighttime to help with sleep? Thank you so very much for creating PAWBLY, a please for us to get pet help in addition to our own vets. Warmest regards, Sharon

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Hello, I empathize with your plight and the dilemma of managing these cases. My best pieces of advice are to keep in close contact with your vet and be a bit of a nag. They are your best resource. Also, make sure that you understand your dogs overall health. In the world of cognitive dysfunction there are often multiple concurrent conditions and reactions and responses to drugs vary based on these. I am unable to provide specific drug dosages or regimens as I am not your vet and this would be a violation of my medical license. I have provided… Read more »

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Megan Moore | 3 years ago
My 8 Week Old Miniature Dachshund, Hollie, Just Got Diagnosed With Puppy Strangles. It Is…

My 8 week old miniature dachshund, Hollie, just got diagnosed with puppy strangles. It is a rare skin condition with an unknown cause. She had to get part of her back shaved where an abscess was drained. She wont stop scratching and licking the spot if we put her down, even for a second. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to prevent her from scratching and licking? Obviously a band-aid won’t work.

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Hello
What medication is she on? Did you ask the vet about shampoos, antibiotics, and steroids? These along with an ecollar are where I typically start.

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Ruth Recinos | 3 years ago
My Dog (Zoe) Is Aggressive To Our New Puppy (Chloe), But Only When It Comes…

My dog (Zoe) is aggressive to our new puppy (Chloe), but only when it comes time to eat or when we pet them. We feed both dogs, but we give them different portions because Zoe is a dachshund mix and Chloe is a german shepard mix. Zoe waits until we get inside to attack Chloe and eat all the food. It has gotten to the point that we need to stay outside since Chloe hasn’t been eating enough and Zoe is gaining too much weight. It used to happen a lot when we would go outside and play with them, but Zoe has gotten better about playing with Chloe. We’re just worried that once Chloe gets big enough, she’ll attack Zoe and we won’t be able to keep both dogs. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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The easiest solution is feeding them separately; in different rooms, if that’s what it takes. Is your older dog used to having house mates or used to being an only dog? She might be disconcerted by the new presence, might be concerned about losing some of your attention and privileges … Solid rules, everything needed to be earned, giving her enough attention and one-on-one time, as well as taking them on common walks and finding activities they’d enjoy together will help them bond as well as change the way Zoe feels about the newcomer. Zoe might also be concerned about… Read more »

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Jennifer Cummins | 3 years ago
My Dachshund Has Had Back Problems In The Past. This Past Sunday He Started…

My dachshund has had back problems in the past. This past Sunday he started another episode similar to his previous two episodes. Yesterday he started dragging his back legs. We took him to the vet this morning and she recommends putting him to sleep. He is currently on carprofen, gabapentin, methocarbamol, and tramdol. We are unfortunately not able to afford surgery. I am concerned that there are other options she is not considering. Am i wrong to want a second opinion?

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I don’t think you’re wrong. Get a second opinion, certainly.

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Hello, I am sorry to hear about your dog. I strongly encourage you (and everyone) to get a second opinion. Especially when the advice is of the magnitude of contemplating euthanasia. I will admit I have only ever recommended euthanasia after they could not urinate or defecate. I have never done it before this. In my experience most of these dogs recover well enough to use a cart and every pet parent who has been dedicated to trying all other options has not had to euthanize. I would recommend a second opinion. Ask about the use of a steroid. Talk… Read more »

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I too have a dog with IVDD and it’s a very stressful time for you…believe me I know. Has the Vet said he has ruptured a disc? There are alternatives to euthanasia!! Please do get a second opinion …cage rest for 6 weeks is one alternative. I couldnt afford surgery either but I still went ahead with operation. .and paid it off on a monthly basis. Please do read Krista’s blog on IVDD and also look at http://www.dodgerslist.com…a site dedicated to dogs with IVDD. You will find useful information together with lots of support. IVDD is NOT a death sentence…good… Read more »

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Thanks for your reply….it will get better! Pleased you got a 2nd opinion….and stay positive. A good tip when he needs to go outside is a long scarf under his back legs. That way you can support him and he can get into a better position to go to the toilet. Keep him off those back legs as much as you possibly can. When he’s recovered think about a ramp to the sofa and anywhere else he has to jump to. Carry him up and down stairs etc. Please do let us know how he is getting on…and yourself too.

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Douglas McKisson | 3 years ago
My Dachshund Has Been Diagnosed With IVDD. She Showed Symptoms 14 Days Ago, Drunken Walking/loss…

My dachshund Has been diagnosed with IVDD. She showed symptoms 14 days ago, drunken walking/loss of use in her hind legs. We could not afford surgery. She has been in a crate and on steroids for almost 2 weeks. She can somewhat stand and has not had an accident in her cage for days. How long should she be on steroids and how do we ween her off of them. Also, what is a reasonable amount of time to give her to see if she is truly making a recovery? Thanks for your help and insight in advance.

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Hello,
Every IVDD dog takes their own time in progressing. I always let the dog tell me when to adjust dosages and ideally your vet should also be involved.
I have many helpful blogs on IVDD. They provide a rough framework of guidance and advice.
IVDD A Tale Of Two Outcomes http://kmdvm.blogspot.com/2011/09/ivdd-tale-of-two-outcomes.html and
http://kmdvm.blogspot.com/2016/08/ivdd-days-immediately-following.html

Julie Brader
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Hi could I also suggest you have a look at this website http://www.dodgerslist.com which gives many helpful tips on IVDD. Good luck

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Jessica Munnia | 3 years ago
Our 8 Year Old Dachshund Had Emergency Surgery For A Herniated Disc 8 Days Ago…

Our 8 year old dachshund had emergency surgery for a herniated disc 8 days ago. The vet said she would go home in a few days, which did not happen. She has not progressed as well as other dachshunds they’ve seen with this. About two days ago she had ‘movement’ in her legs but now she is regressing and in more pain. They have made her comfortable but she is a timid dog, hates therapy, strangers, and the pain. We visit her and she is depressed and sad.. We love her very much and do not know what to do. Does she need more time? Do we need to put her to sleep so she isn’t in pain? Is this normal? Please help.

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Hello Jessica, I am so sorry to hear about your pup. Is your dog under the care of a neurologist? Have you considered a second opinion? Or to take her home and try to manage her? I don’t ever want to tell someone to give up but I certainly would want your pup to have every opportunity at getting better and it is true that some take more time than others. I also would be very worried that her fear and anxiety in a foreign place with people she doesn’t know could be making it worse, or slowing down her… Read more »

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You are welcome! Sending good thoughts and best wishes!