Post # 1
Dear Beez, I need some virtual hugs today please! We had to take our little dachshund Jessie in to the vets to day. She has slipped discs in her back and has to have a huge operation done. It was our only option, other than doing the unthinkable (that I do not even want to mention for fear of sobbing uncontrollably).
Yesterday evening between 5 and 8h30 something happened and we found her at the backdoor unable to make the little step, crying. At first I thought that is was a tummy upset, because her stomach was rock hard and appeared swollen. Turns out it was the muscles tightening to protect her back. I have no idea what happened, at 5pm she was still dancing around for her dinner like every night… The vet explained that it is something that doxies are prone to genetically. I knew it and never had her make high jumps, never allowed excessive stair climbing and raised her on breed specific foods and now age appropriate food. It appears that she was just one of the unlucky ones…
The orthopedic vet surgeon’s prognosis was very good; he gave her an 80% chance on full recovery and said that if it was his dog he would definitely do the operation. It is not our regular vet; our vet referred us to this vet as he does not have the equipment or facility for this delicate procedure.
I would like to ask all to keep my little girl in your prayers and our family too please.
Post # 2
Oh no!! I am praying for you and your fur baby 🙁 keep me updated please!! she is so precious
Post # 3
Beedoglady: You got it – lots of prayers! I had a dachshund that had this problem as well. One day she was running around the back yard, then all of a sudden she started dragging her back legs. We took her to the vet and then to the canine neurologist.
Fortunately for us and for her, she didn’t need surgery. We had to crate her for an entire month so that scar tissue could form over the “hole” in her disc. It worked, and she lived for another 8 years! (she was 8 when this happened to her). Putting her to sleep was NOT an option for us. Dachshunds can live a very long time, and at 8 years old, she still had a long life to live. I would have paid for a dog cart if surgery wasn’t an option. It didn’t matter – I’d have done anything for her!
Best wishes! I pray the surgery is a success and that she makes a good recovery!! ((hugs))
Post # 4
Beedoglady: Aw, poor girl. Cyber hugs and prayers to you and your family. I have dogs, too, and it’s very hard to watch them go through painful stuff. Let us know how she does!!
Post # 5
I’m so sorry, but she is very lucky to have a devoted mommy such as yourself. 80% chance is awesome! I will send lots of good waves. Good luck and take care of yourself.
She is so cute and will be dancing for her dinner again soon.
Post # 6
DONE! My fiance’s dachshund went through something similar. Praying for you! 🙂 <3
Post # 7
THANK YOU ALL! I will update the post when I get any news, am waiting to hear how the surgery went…
Post # 8
GFerg: She is only 7 years old now, had a birthday on the 27<sup>th</sup> of August, I think as far as the breed goes that is young still. All our doggies are like kids, how can we not give them the best possible care…
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
Beedoglady: You won’t regret the surgery. Our sweet dachshund lived until 18! She had some back issues and being overweight wasn’t helping. After we slimmed her down she was much less prone to them. Lots of positive thoughts for you and your doggy!
Post # 11
Just wanted to say I’m sending lots of good thoughts your way! I am very familiar with dachshunds, so while she has some physical genetics against her, she also has the genetic resiliency and stubborness too!
Post # 12
WinterSolsticeBride: So very true, they are tenacious! Our little long short one is a true doxie as far as temperament and personality goes! Thank you!
Post # 13
- Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base
Prayers for peace and comfort for all of the 2 legged members of your family and a speedy recovery and a long future for your 4 legged loved one.
Post # 14
Beedoglady: Poor baby. If it’s any consolation, I’m involved in this type of surgery on people. And they do very well!
Post # 15
angyjaxon: Thank you!
GrannyPantiesRock: Thank you for the reassurance!