Post # 1
Last week I wrote a post (here) about my dachshund Lacey’s back problem. We woke up to find her in extreme pain, took her to the vet and came home with pain meds and instructions for 2 weeks of strict crate rest. Once I begun researching her condition I found out that it is called Intervertabral Disc Disease (IVDD), and is very common in dachshunds.
We thought she was doing much better, she didn’t appear to be in any pain and was able to stand and take a few steps on her own to potty. Then yesterday she cried out in pain when my husband picked her up to take her outside, and as the night progressed she began to lose function of her back legs.
We called the emergency vet sometime after midnight and they said that we could bring her in but they couldn’t run tests until the morning, so I stayed up with her most of the night and we had her at the vet when they unlocked the doors this morning. We had to leave her there and the surgeon called us this afternoon and said that she definitely has a ruptured disc and recommended spinal decompression surgery.
Paralysis of the back legs is really common in these situations, and could be permanent if you wait too long, so we of course agreed to the surgery.
Tomorrow morning she will be put under anesthesia for them to do a myelogram, which is where they run dye through the spine to get a picture so they can see which disc has ruptured. They will call us with the results and take her right into surgery.
I am a nervous wreck. I honestly did not think that she was to the point of needing surgery. But it is what it is, and I just want my pup to be well again. 🙁 DH and I were able to go sit with her for a long time tonight, and it just broke my heart to leave. We won’t be able to visit her until 24 hours after surgery, and she’ll have to stay at the vet anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks. She’ll have 8-12 weeks of crate rest and will basically have to relearn how to walk and use the bathroom on her own.
I will be an absolute mess until I get the call that she is ok. 🙁
Post # 3
Poor little girl! Prayers and positive vibes are being sent!
Post # 4
Awww poor puppy, thats terrible!! Hoping for a swift recovery for your little one.
Post # 5
oh I hope your baby is going to be okay. Please keep us up to date hon her progress.
Visualize her getting up and walking or running around and keep only that in your thoughts. Positive energy and visualization will give her a big head start on her healing.
Post # 6
Oh no… as a sufferer of chronic back pain, I feel so bad for your pup. Praying for the best!
Post # 7
Hoping that everything goes well for Lacey 🙂
Post # 8
Thanks so much everyone. <3
Post # 9
good luck for your doggie tomorrow!!!!
Post # 10
@Miss Sorbet: Chin up… I know this is difficult but I’ll be thinking good thoughts for Lacey. Looking forward to an update..keep us posted please?
Post # 11
Thanks, and I will definitely update afterwards! Today I’m just sitting by the phone…not sure what time they will actually get to her procedure…
Post # 12
I hope everything goes okay! Ever since I read your initial post, I have been super vigilant about letting my doxie jump off of furniture.
Post # 13
Thinking of you, hoping all went well! My parents have 2 Dachshunds which I LOVE. I would get a dachshund if my apartment complex allowed dogs. Doxies are the best poochies!!
Post # 14
It’s been almost 2 days since Lacey’s surgery and I am so happy to report that she is doing GREAT! Before I visited her the first time I was trying to prepare myself for the possibility of her being unable to move her tail and back legs, because that’s pretty common after this surgery. However, when she first saw DH and me her tail started wagging like crazy! They even said she tried to leap out of her kennel when they opened the door and they had to scoop her up haha.
Her back legs are still weak but she is able to take a few steps and stand, though she’s not allowed to walk around yet. She’ll have 8-12 weeks of crate rest once she comes home…and she’ll hopefully be home in a few days. Her birthday is tomorrow and she’ll still be in the hospital. 🙁
Anyway…here’s my sweet girl! She is such a trooper!
Post # 15
Glad she’s doing well! Been waiting for your update. I have two doxies as well and am praying nothing like this happens to them.
Post # 16
@Miss Sorbet: So glad she is doing well! One great thing about dogs, they don’t need pity. Even after a major surgery they are just happy to see you and enjoy things, and will go about like little is wrong. My boy has had two hip surgeries in a year timespan. Both only required an overnight stay, but weeks of recovery (thankfully not crate bound). The day I went to pick him up he was so happy to see me and walked out of the vets office on his 3 working legs. It’s amazing how animals react and just go about life. Shocks me everytime.