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Crippled Dog Update

I mentioned a while back in some dog-related thread that one of The Killer Elite developed IVDD http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Health/I.../Symptoms.aspx and we were going to give it a go at rehabilitation.

This went down in November, and we weren't sure if Ol' Doxie was going to be around come Christmas. He was paralyzed in his rear legs, lost control of bowels and bladder and was starting to go downhill pretty fast. We were real afraid things would snowball and we'd have to do the unthinkable.

Wife did the research, and we put him in a box for 8 weeks, had to carry him outside, hold him to do "his business" 3 or 4 times a day, rain or snow. Blah, blah, blah.....

I'm happy to report this Hero is back on his feet! He's earned a couple new nick-names. "Christopher Walken" and "Walker, Texas Ranger". I ask him if he wants to hear some Patsy Cline. (He says, I'm Crazy!)

He's not 100%, but he is doing his best. He staggers around a little, like he's been drinking, and when he tries to chase the other dogs around, he drags sometimes. But, he's improving a little every day and hopefully will be around for many more years. Most importantly, he seems real happy to be somewhat independent again. He's riding in the Jeep with the other dogs, just like the good old days.

I'm posting this because I put him out today, in the wind, mist and coming snow, and I look out the window and he's hopping around, tail wagging and just looked so happy. Made my day! My wife deserves most of the credit (it's her dog) but I did an awful lot of late-night potty calls, too.

Picture of him recovering in a box. I'll try to get a short vid of him on his feet looking jaunty soon....

https://www.flickr.com/photos/155285423@N02/
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Old 03-01-2018, 01:33 PM
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Oh, good job, you guys!
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Old 03-01-2018, 02:08 PM
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This guy is a force of nature. Can't keep him down. He recovered after being run over and broken like a cheap vase.

A real good dog.
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Happiest news Iíve heard all day, thatís fantastic!
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Old 03-01-2018, 03:03 PM
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Woo-hoo! Go Doxie! You made my day!

:skritches to the Killer Elite:

That is seriously awesome news.
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I'm so glad you gave him a chance!

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I was gonna make a joke about all that beer for a four-pack of Wieners, but...

I'm glad your pack is intact. Dogs are resilient.
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Could you share some more information on the box method for helping dachshunds with this problem? I've known a few dogs now who had this issue, and would like to know more about this option. Thank you.
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Fantastic story, awesome dog, terrific humans.

I gotta tell you tho, I'm looking at your pics thinking "this has to be Nevada" and then I saw the Wabuska sign and I was like, yep, Nevada.

I love this state.
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I am so happy for Doxie, buy your wife a dinner for that awesome nursing care.
Who's a good boy?
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Old 03-01-2018, 09:44 PM
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Could you share some more information on the box method for helping dachshunds with this problem? I've known a few dogs now who had this issue, and would like to know more about this option. Thank you.
Well, my wife did the research. I'll try to find out what website. She also joined some kind of "message board" and swapped info with other folks with dogs with the condition. Got some good advice there (and some gut-busting horror stories*).

But, basically, box that sucker up and don't let him move around. Pick them up to go potty and so forth. Really, just don't let them move around and aggravate the condition. He was also on some kind of steroid to reduce the swelling in the disc. Frequent trips to the vet for evaluation. Vet was a champ, and assured us he was on track to a recovery.

Hard to keep this guy immobile. He is the Avatar of 'Go-Dog'.

*An example.
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One person had a beautiful little female, looked just like my Trixie. Young and otherwise healthy. They tried, and gave up after only a few days, and had her put down.
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I'm really happy for all of you. I'm going to look it up.
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That is so great! I'm so glad that all the effort resulted in a good outcome for your cute friend there. I hope he continues to do really well!
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I missed the original thread, but I'm so glad he's recovering! What a cutie.
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I missed the original thread, but I'm so glad he's recovering! What a cutie.
There actually wasn't an original thread.
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Oh this brightens my day! I love a happy ending, sniff.
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I do believe the proper term is "dog with a disability". C'mon, you put the animal first, injury second.



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Do you really expect Gato to be all P.C. and shit?




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Until I upload the real footage, enjoy this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV2ViNJFZC8

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Old 03-05-2018, 12:19 PM
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Glad to hear your little guy is getting to enjoy life again!
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Old 03-07-2018, 02:09 AM
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Uploaded two short vids to that site.

First one is Doxie today (3/6/18) staggering around on his healing back half. He's doing pretty good!

Second one is the puppies from a while ago, well, when they were puppies. Just found it and labeled it correctly. Cute little bastards!
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Puppehs! Look at Doxie go! Woo-hoo!
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Happy tails all around! The Bunny Hop works well, when needed.

I have a strange craving for Bratwurst for lunch today. Off to Cracker Barrel!

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Wow, it doesn't slow him down a bit. He looks like he could leave you in the dust if he wanted. And OMG, PUPPPEEEEEZ!
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Old 03-10-2018, 02:26 AM
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Doxie walked himself right into the shop tonight. Maybe a one-foot rise over a two-foot run.

Damned Hero.
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Yea he is! Give that boy a treat.
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Doxie can now 'jump' up to try to get into the Jeep. He gets his front feet up on the door sill. I can reach back and hoist him up by his collar into the Jeep (but I don't do this often).

Freakin' Hero! Force of Nature!

Strong as shit, and his back is firm and solid. Hope this dog lives another life.
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I'm glad to hear it. He must be exercising it good. I read somewhere about their back hip muscles play a part it keeping long bodied dogs backs in good order. Keep him running. Go Doxie Go!!
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I wish I would have seen this thread earlier. Our dog had a similar problem last summer, but not sure it is the same diagnosis. In the span of a day or two he went from normal activity to paralyzed rear legs, plus crying. The vet was putting euthanasia on the table, but sent us home with some medications (I cannot remember which ones, but probably the ones mentioned in the link in the OP), and we decided since we had drugs, we would give it a try for a while, and see if there were any improvement. Surgery is out of the question due to his age and his experiences with prior surgeries.

That first week was difficult, as we had to help him outside - we used a beach towel as a sling and he did the rest with his front legs (he is 65 lb so carrying him around is not an option). One of the meds upset his stomach early-on and he had a bowel blowout late one night in his crate.

After a week or so he was able to start moving his legs, and after another week, standing. The vet said as long as progress was being made, stay this course. If there was a setback, bring him in. He continued to improve and eventually he was able to walk and take care of his business on his own. Today he takes a couple of meds daily and some supplements, he is compromised in terms of strength and agility - and has some clicking and popping with his rear legs. He seems to be balancing more on his front legs than before, but rear legs still have decent muscle tone. No more running or jumping, but he still wants to play fetch. Bottom line: he is alive and seems to be happy, and makes us happy every day.
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Bottom line: he is alive and seems to be happy, and makes us happy every day.
Amazing creatures, aren't they? Keep up the good care and you'll probably see him improve every day. Good Luck!

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