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Douglas McKisson | 4 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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Julie Brader
3 years ago

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

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

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

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Jessica Munnia | 4 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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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

You are welcome! Sending good thoughts and best wishes!

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

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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Joseph Ognibene | 4 years ago
My Parents Have A 2 Year Old Boy Dachshund, I Am Coming Home From…

My parents have a 2 year old boy dachshund, i am coming home from college in a few months and want to get a doberman. Are these two dogs compatible with each other? I’m looking to get a female puppy. How do i go about introducing them?

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Deborah Bush
4 years ago

Will you be returning to school? If so will the new dog go with you? My question is this; are your parents prepared to train a new dog and referee interactions between the two dogs? Puppy training requires commitment, patience and longevity. Make sure your life style is conducive to that level of commitment or it can be a stressful disaster for everyone!

Dawn Ferara, DVM
4 years ago

Is your parents dog neutered? Usually a successful introduction depends on the dogs temperament as well as the actions of the humans involved. It is important to not show favoritism to either dog and usually introducing them in a neutral environment helps. A slow introduction is usually the best decision with very strict supervision. You should pay close attention to both dogs and respond to any aggressive behavior by separating the dogs and trying the introduction later.

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4 years ago

Definitely stick with a bitch puppy.

There are a number of people who have done this successfully. My question, though, is regarding your time. Dobe puppies are a full time job for the first year. Will you be home enough every day? What’s your training plan? Have you ever had a terrifyingly intelligent breed of dog before?

For a little more info RE: dobes and small dogs, have a thread about this exact topic – http://www.dobermantalk.com/doberman-related-chat/277738-dobes-small-dogs-what-s-your-experience.html

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4 years ago

Also, depending on where you are, I would not be surprised if it takes a while to get a puppy from an ethical, reputable breeder. Please make sure you do CAREFUL research. There are a lot of bad breeders out there, and a lot of dogs dropping dead at 6 months due to health problems. Research the predecessors of any puppy you consider – are they still alive? If not, what caused their death, and was this confirmed by necropsy? Here’s a GREAT page to familiarize yourself with the medical issues most commonly plaguing the breed: http://www.dpca.org/breed/breed_health.htm DCM kills over… Read more »

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Mary Key Gerlach | 4 years ago
Our Dog Barney Is A 9 Year Old Male Miniature Dachshund With IVDD. …

Our dog Barney is a 9 year old male miniature dachshund with IVDD. He is very fit and maintains a lean weight of around 6 1/2 to 7 pounds. He’s well-behaved dog and doesn’t jump or engage in any ‘high risk’ activities for this disease. His first episode of IVDD occurred in 2011 and was severe. We opted for conservative treatment and after 8 weeks of strict crate rest and specific medicines prescribed by our vet, Barney healed and regained use of his back legs. He had slight nerve damage and walked a little wobbly after the episode, but overall, his recovery was a success. At that time, we also let our vet know we were working with another “alternative vet” offering massage therapy and acupuncture. Since this first severe episode in 2011, he has had 2 more less-severe episodes- one in 2013 and 2014. One episode was his lower back, one his neck. Each time, we’ve been able to recognize the disease symptoms quickly and “spring into action” with a plan to address his injury. The medicines prescribed each time have been specific dosing of prednisone, trimodal and gabapentin. During these episodes, we have at times consulted both our family vet and a canine neurologist. During episode #3 in 2014, we gave full consideration to surgery as an option. After a couple of thousand dollars in testing and vet visits, we were told by the surgeon, Barney was not a good candidate for surgery due to the location of his particular injury. He is so small (6 1/2 lbs) and his injury was in such a difficult area, surgery could do more harm than good. We accepted this information and again, turned to strict crate rest as our only viable option. It worked and he fully recovered again for the 3rd time! Now, here we are in September 2016 and Barney appears to have IVDD injury #4. This time his injury and symptoms have been different than all the previous times. There was no “sudden” cry out in pain when we touched him. His symptoms have come on more slowly and subtly. His tail is curled under and only comes out when he goes to the bathroom. His back left leg is “lame.” He can’t put his weight on it for any length of time – only for a few seconds when going to the bathroom. We’ve consulted our family vet and the same neurologist who helped us before. The problem this time is, Barney is not healing after weeks of crate rest and prednisone. He is not responding to the conservative treatment: weeks of crate rest and variations of medicines including: prednisone, liquid tylenol with codeine, gabapentin, diazepam. He is also on supplements to promote spinal/back health: vetridisc and dasuquin. His condition seems to simply be the same day after day – not worse or better, but he is clearly uncomfortable with his back left leg.

Our question is: Can Barney still heal? He has lost use of his tail and can barely use his back left leg. He only extends his tail when urinating. No more recreational tail-wagging. The neurologist now has us tapering off of prednisone since he hasn’t responded this time. We are considering acupuncture, but are wondering what to expect as this disease progresses. The vet who did his acupuncture last time can’t see him for 2 weeks, so we feel deflated knowing we probably should’ve started acupuncture sooner. We briefly tried laser therapy, but it didn’t seem to help. Barney is not yelping out and still has deep pain sensation. He still has limited use of his tail and back left leg. We are at a crossroads: can he heal on his own? What we’ve done in the past doesn’t seem to be working this time 5 weeks in. Is surgery a viable option at this stage considering his overall health, age and number of weeks since the injury was detected (early August)? Do dachshunds with progressive IVDD eventually have to be euthanized due to spinal degeneration? Can anyone share knowledge about how this disease progresses and what to expect as he ages and has had so many episodes. Thank you.

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Dawn Ferara, DVM
4 years ago

Unfortunately, the answer is yes dachshunds with progressive IVDD can be euthanized due to a decreased quality of life. This can be because of pain, spinal degeneration or a lack of funds to continue treatment. It sounds like you have gone above and beyond for Barney. It is possible that earlier intervention with acupuncture therapy could have been more beneficial, but it is also possible it would not have helped. As any animal ages, healing time increases and there can be decreases in healing. Barney may just be taking longer too heal this time, however if you have not noticed… Read more »

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4 years ago

Goodluck

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Debbie Schwarz | 4 years ago
I Have 2 Dachshunds. One Is 16 Yrs Old And The Other 9. …

I have 2 dachshunds. One is 16 yrs old and the other 9. The 9 year has grown up with the older dog-we got him as a young puppy but he has recently gotten very aggressive with the older dog to the point where the older dog was limping and was bleeding a little from the mouth. I’m keeping them separated at this point but not sure what to do other than that. The older dog shouldn’t have to live his last days being afraid of the younger one. We have scolded and isolated the younger one at times but it’s not helping. The younger one will stare him down then out of the blue lunge on the older dog. Would appreciate some help. Thanks

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Laurie Davala
4 years ago

Have you taken the younger one to the vet? It seems that often unexplained aggression can be the result of something medical.

I’m so sorry you’re going through this… I can only imagine how stressful and sad it must be…

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Please contact a behaviorist! this sounds like an instance where someone needs to fully understand what is going on in your home. I also think that scolding and isolating NEVER EVER helps! It will heighten the want and need for attention. Your puppy needs and deserves lots of time, attention, and love.. if you don’t provide it adequately he will look to your housemates for it. Asking him to be a calm, quiet, old-acting dog is not fair.

Jill
4 years ago

Have you established a pack order in your home? We had to when we brought a 7week old aussie/heeler home with our 7year old male jack Russell. We had to establish the order. My husband would go through a door first, then the jack then the aussie. We would eat first, then the jack then the aussie. We basically taught the aussie there was an order to do things ad she is not to get out of line. This included attacking the jack once she got bigger. It worked until the jack passed at 15.5 years old. Hope this helps.

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Jarod Fullwood | 4 years ago
Puppy Was 8 Weeks Old, Had Supposedly Got 2 Parvo Shots At 5 And 7…

Puppy was 8 weeks old, had supposedly got 2 parvo shots at 5 and 7 weeks. We brought the puppy straight home, never let it outside. We had given away a puppy 3 weeks prior that’s in perfect health. No new dogs were here and there are no other dogs within a mile or more other than ours that are in good health. the dogs mentioned are dachshunds. Puppy was at vet 72 hrs after purchase bc of vomiting/diarrhea.

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4 years ago

The previous puppy could have been a carrier.  YOU could have been a carrier if you went someplace where a parvo-affected dog had vomited or had a bowel movement.

I would wait quite a while before getting another puppy.  Clean your entire house and your car.  Wait a year (that’s how long parvo can live in the environment).  I would also question why you’ve dumped one puppy and brought home another.  What was “wrong” with the first puppy?

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Taylor Benson | 4 years ago
Our 5 Year Old Dachshund Mix Is Having Another Episode Of IVDD, And Has Gotten…

Our 5 year old dachshund mix is having another episode of IVDD, and has gotten better with pain meds a couple of times before. We are considering surgery this time around, but were quoted $10,000 for everything at the last place we took her. Just wondering if that is standard for that type of prep, procedure, etc. these days. Thank you!

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Julie Brader
4 years ago

Hi Taylor, my Cocker  Spaniel  had a rupturned disc at the base of his tail during May 2015..and was diagnosed with IVDD..I  finally finished paying for the surgery next month!!  I’m  in the UK and can only tell you  what it costs here. …. £6000.00….very expensive.   I can however  perhaps give you some tips to minimise your Daniel having these problems again, after surgery. You can cage rest for 6 weeks, support with a scarf under back legs when she goes out for the toilet. Only you know if she would tolerate being shutility in a cage or not…but… Read more »

Julie Brader
4 years ago

Sorry that should read Daxie not Daniel…predictive text!!!

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Emily Anyek | 4 years ago
So My 3 Year Old Mini Dachshund Has Been Worrying Me. I Have Just Come…

So my 3 year old mini dachshund has been worrying me. I have just come back from a two month vacation where she was in good hands. Her armpit’s skin are black colored. She has lost little patches of fur on both her back legs and the skin there is crusty. She has been scratching herself a little bit more than usually. Yesterday, after a long day in the sun her back had little bumps all over it, there are a few pus filled bumps on her stomach, only one or two. I gave her a little bit of calcium and by today her back is fine. But what is with her armpits and legs, please help, thank you so much!

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
Please bring your dog to the vet asap. I would worry about infection and disease. They can help

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Emily Anyek | 4 years ago
So My 3 Year Old Mini Dachshund Has Been Worrying Me. I Have Just Come…

So my 3 year old mini dachshund has been worrying me. I have just come back from a two month vacation where she was in good hands. Her armpit’s skin are black colored. She has lost little patches of fur on both her back legs and the skin there is crusty. She has been scratching herself a little bit more than usually. Yesterday, after a long day in the sun her back had little bumps all over it, there are a few pus filled bumps on her stomach, only one or two. I gave her a little bit of calcium and by today her back is fine. But what is with her armpits and legs, please help, thank you so much!

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

See the previous answer

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Jeffrey Kuk | 4 years ago
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My Dachshund Had IVDD Surgery About 4 Weeks Ago And Was Doing Fine…today, It Looks…

Hello,

My dachshund had IVDD surgery about 4 weeks ago and was doing fine…today, it looks like his disc is out of alignment and is very warm. Is the disc infected and will he need to have surgery again? Worried about my little buddy.

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4 years ago

I agree with Andrea.  Call the surgeon back, let them know this update.

Andrea Cox
4 years ago

Hello, You should contact the vet that did the surgery right away. Ask them everything.