(Closed) My poor little doxie

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Awww…I hope Lacey gets all better!  *hugs*

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Awwww hugs! She is SOO cute!!!!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh, I’m so sorry to hear this!  I have a doxie too.  She is also 3 years old.  I always worry about her back.  I even have sofa cushions on the floor so that she can climb up on the bed/couch without having to jump.  She does climb the stairs though, I don’t think I can stop her from doing that.

It sounds like some doxies develop these problems no matter what precautions you take (keeping their weight down, etc.)

I hope she gets better!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Awww. She’s so cute! I hope she feels better soon!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I have two doxies. My little boy had a pinched nerve in his back and listening to him howl in pain was unberable 🙁 I hope Lacey feels better soon!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Miss Sorbet:  First of all, I love your pup, so cute! We had a very similar (and scary!) situation with our 4 yr old Dachshund Brady last month. We were playing ball outside just like every other morning (he’s OCD about his ball) I turned to walk inside, normally he beats me to the door.. I turn to look at him & he’s sitting on the concrete, not moving. I call him & he limps over to.. I figured maybe he tweaked something.. so I carried him inside & set him on the carpet. He could walk, but it was a pathetic little hobble and he wouldn’t put any weight on one leg. I set him on the bed with my fiance and continued to get ready for work. About 5 minutes later I heard him crying.. not like his usual “pay attention to me” cry but a “oh my god this hurts” cry. I rush over and he’s shaking, drooling & crying. He kept trying to bury his head in my chest, it broke my heart. So I called the vet, the earliest they could get me in was 2pm (this was at 8:30am). He seemed to calm down a little.. my fiance didn’t have to go into work til 1pm. So I planned to take a 1/2 day so he wasn’t alone at all. Around 9:30am my fiance called me at work and said Brady was acting very weird, wouldn’t lay down, was drooling profusely & was breathing weird. So I told him to call the vet & see if we should take him to the emergency vet. They told him to bring him in right away, they would squeeze him in for an appointment. So I left work to meet them there, driving what seemed like 100mph and crying the whole way. 

Turns out he must of pinched a nerve in his back, which was affecting his legs, because he wouldn’t walk or put any weight on his back leg. They injected him with pain killer, anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea.. well the anti-nausea didn’t work, he threw up almost immediately. They sent us home with pain killers, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory pills.. and on “strict bed rest for a week,” HA! Try telling them to a 4 yr old ball-obsessed dog. 

He slept most of the day, and was pretty out of it for a few days thanks to those muscle relaxers. We tried as hard as we could to keep him calm for a week.. he is since back to normal.. running around like a fool. I hope it doesn’t happen again, it was so scary (and expensive!) They said as long as he went back to normal we wouldn’t have to look into surgery..

I hope your little girl makes a full recovery!! Aren’t Doxies the best?!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Here’s my little guy. I just love that face!

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Aww, she is soooo cute!  She looks like such a sweetheart.  Sending happy, healthy, healing thoughts her way!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Our youngest doxie, Oliver, had emergency surgery last summer at the university vet for IVDD. His started with whimpering and heavy breathing. The next morning, he was stumbling on his back legs. We took him to the normal vet and they gave him prednizone and told us to crate him. By that evening he lost all leg function. By 2 am (at the ER vet) he’d lost deep feeling in his feet. It happened SO fast. They did the surgery the next morning to clear away debris from two discs.

Now, 14 months later Oliver is happy and healthy but still a little wobbly on his legs. The feeling slowly came back in his legs and around the two-month mark he started walking although he was very shaky. Now he runs and plays like normal but he still doesn’t walk completely normal. His back legs drag a tiny bit. A doxie who lives across the street who also had surgery is far more wobbly but that dog had surgery at an older age. Oliver was just 4 at the time.

Oliver regained some control of his bladder but we do have to manually express him to completely empty it for him. Not emptying it risks infection. And he has no control of his bowels. They happen when they happen. Good stuff.

My family dog when I was a child also had the surgery when he was six. For him, it was a long, slow progression and a lot of pain building up. After his surgery he was like a new puppy. He ran and jumped and lived to be 15 without any further back problems.

My sister’s dog has recurring back issues. He tweaks it or strains it and has to go on crate rest. It seems like every two-three months they have to bring him in to get checked out. In his case, it would really be a benefit to have the surgery and deal with the issue now, before it turns into an emergency.

The surgery cost is expensive but if it’s not an emergency it’s not too bad. The emergency, Saturday morning surgery cost double what it would have cost if we could have scheduled it for the next Monday. Every dog is different but if they do recommend surgery, I would suggest seriously considering it. In the long run, the follow-up care for steriods and pain killers is a lot more money and time than the surgery.

Unfortunately this is just not uncommon with doxies. They are delicious little lovies and we’ll continue to own them but anything you can do to keep them from jumping is a good preventative. Our oldest doxie is 11 and had surgery last year to remove a tumor on his spleen. He lost three pounds and now throws himself off the top of three steps at my parents’ house. Try as I might to reign him in, he’s an independent little mister and he will do what he likes. Stubborn little buggers. But…cute as a button.

I hope your baby feels better soon!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Thought I’d offer some words of encouragement from someone who has been there (as many doxie owners have).  We experienced the same thing with my little one a couple years ago.  It happened twice, and both times the steroid and muscle relaxers did the trick.  My vet has explained that the issue actually gets better as the dog gets older (past 8) and you see it less in less in doxies over the age of 8.  We haven’t any issues in the last year and a half and mine just turned 8.  Hope yours feels better soon! Here’s a picture of my little girl.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

She looks so sweet!  Hopefully with some meds and a plan in place, she will do great.  Good luck.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Awe poor little thing….good luck to you and your cute doxie….lots of hugs to you both!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Miss Sorbet Thanks for giving us the update, so so so glad she is doing so much better….! so happy for you both!

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