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Old 03-17-2012, 04:57 PM
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Dachshund with severe back pain

I have a problem with my 4 year old dachshund. 4 weeks ago Bella started walking very slowly with tail between her legs and crying out in pain. We took her to the vet and we have crated her for about 4 weeks now. She does not have meningitis. Our vet checked. She has good days and bad days but can still walk. She never lost her ability to walk but I know she is in pain. She is on pain meds, anti-inflammatories, nerve pain meds and muscle spasm meds. The second week she was doing great & before I could stop her she jumped off the bed. So that was a set back. Now I let her out to potty and put her back in the crate. She has lost weight because she isn't eating very much, but that is not a problem since it would help her back. I had 2 other dachshunds that had back surgery, one was a lot younger than the other. The young one had successful surgery, the older one didn't regain feeling in her back legs. She just scooted along. Because of this I bought pet insurance for all 3 of my new dogs. How long should I wait for surgery since she can still walk? I hate to see her in pain. This happened to Bella about a year ago and she recovered with out surgery. But the vet said it will probably keep happening. This time it is worst.
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I have a problem with my 4 year old dachshund. 4 weeks ago Bella started walking very slowly with tail between her legs and crying out in pain. We took her to the vet and we have crated her for about 4 weeks now. She does not have meningitis. Our vet checked. She has good days and bad days but can still walk. She never lost her ability to walk but I know she is in pain. She is on pain meds, anti-inflammatories, nerve pain meds and muscle spasm meds. The second week she was doing great & before I could stop her she jumped off the bed. So that was a set back. Now I let her out to potty and put her back in the crate. She has lost weight because she isn't eating very much, but that is not a problem since it would help her back. I had 2 other dachshunds that had back surgery, one was a lot younger than the other. The young one had successful surgery, the older one didn't regain feeling in her back legs. She just scooted along. Because of this I bought pet insurance for all 3 of my new dogs. How long should I wait for surgery since she can still walk? I hate to see her in pain. This happened to Bella about a year ago and she recovered with out surgery. But the vet said it will probably keep happening. This time it is worst.
Could you buy Bella some steps so she can climb onto and off your bed? I wonder if acupuncture treatments would help her or a back brace for Dachshund. IVDD, Intervertebral Disk Disease, Dachshunds, Weiner Dogs here is a link
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I have had two dachshunds and never had a back problem...I have no idea what advice to tell you, but if this is happening with multiple dogs of yours I would stop and consider why....
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I have had two dachshunds and never had a back problem...I have no idea what advice to tell you, but if this is happening with multiple dogs of yours I would stop and consider why....
We have steps near the couch and all of the beds. Bella uses the steps but in the case where she jumped, the door bell ran and all 3 of my dogs run to the door. I got my first 2 dachshunds from a pet store about 20 years ago. I will never do that again based on what I know now about puppy mills. The last 2 were from very good breeders. I have heard of many doxies with back problems. Anyone that hasn't had that trouble is very lucky.
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Yep, we already have steps on couches and the beds.
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We have steps near the couch and all of the beds. Bella uses the steps but in the case where she jumped, the door bell ran and all 3 of my dogs run to the door. I got my first 2 dachshunds from a pet store about 20 years ago. I will never do that again based on what I know now about puppy mills. The last 2 were from very good breeders. I have heard of many doxies with back problems. Anyone that hasn't had that trouble is very lucky.
We have a dachshund that live in my city and the dog has to use wheels on it hind legs to get around. I seen the dog a couple of times when I am out with my dog. I made sure to keep Marty away from the dachshund as Marty love to play with small dogs. I have heard of dachshunds having back trouble too. This is why I like mutts better , they are not so interbred . Marty is a shelter mutt with a fancy name. Do you think the back brace would help?
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Bella is still walking so we wouldn't need wheels. My dog Greta had a disc problem and her back legs became paralyzed. She needed emergency surgery on a Friday and was walking again that Sunday. So Bella still has feeling in her back legs and can walk. The rest she is getting in the crate is helping, but even on morphine, she still is in pain at times. My vet calls it chronic back disc pain. They can do surgery but it is risking as a mylogram needs to be done first to see which disc has ruptured or is bulging. That can sometimes cause seizures. But I have been trough this before with my other doxies, but they were not in pain because their back legs were paralyzed. Bella isn't. However, the inflammation is pressing on the nerves causing the pain. If we can keep her crated for another couple of weeks, with the meds, she may heal on her own without having to have the surgery. It is just that she is more pain this time then the first time this happened. I have insurance that will help with the cost of the surgery but has a cap of $1500. The surgery will be about $2500-$3000.
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Doxies get back problems due to being long bodied and short legged. It puts all sorts of strains on their backs that most other breeds don't have. Overweight doxies get problems much more frequently, although skinny doxies can still get problems.

The best thing you can do for prevention is to keep doxies very slender. It is no guarantee your dog will not have a back problem, but being slender really helps.

If your dog has a back problem, and is also overweight, a well planned diet will help. Just work with your vet so the weight is lost at a good rate and the pup still gets the right nutrition.
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Bella is still walking so we wouldn't need wheels. My dog Greta had a disc problem and her back legs became paralyzed. She needed emergency surgery on a Friday and was walking again that Sunday. So Bella still has feeling in her back legs and can walk. The rest she is getting in the crate is helping, but even on morphine, she still is in pain at times. My vet calls it chronic back disc pain. They can do surgery but it is risking as a mylogram needs to be done first to see which disc has ruptured or is bulging. That can sometimes cause seizures. But I have been trough this before with my other doxies, but they were not in pain because their back legs were paralyzed. Bella isn't. However, the inflammation is pressing on the nerves causing the pain. If we can keep her crated for another couple of weeks, with the meds, she may heal on her own without having to have the surgery. It is just that she is more pain this time then the first time this happened. I have insurance that will help with the cost of the surgery but has a cap of $1500. The surgery will be about $2500-$3000.
It might be time to consult an orthopedic surgeon. Continued pressure on the nerves causes long term damage. I believe the seizures caused by the mylelogram are a short term issue, only a danger for a day or two, and controllable with narcotics.

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Thanks for the suggestion. I always think this is neurological before anything else.
It seems she has bad days right after the days I think she is turning the corner. Yesterday when I took her out to pee she actually trotted in the grass. She gave my daughter kisses too. Bella is a big kisser, but since she is feeling bad, she won't. Today is just like Thursday where she literally cried all day long. She started getting horse. Tomorrow may be another good day. That why I can't make up my mind to have surgery or wait it out. She really has the classic symptoms, hunched back at times, crying or yelping when we don't even touch her, walking very slowly head down and tail between her legs. But she CAN walk & back legs function.
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