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Our boy, Jackson, herniated or slipped a disc last night getting on our bed. (our bed is on the floor, not even a frame).

His back legs became paralyzed and he was screaming in anguish. We rushed him to a 24 hour vet where they whisked him away and administered pain meds. My husband and I held each other and cried in an exam room until they came back in to confirm he would need to stay overnight, get an MRI in the morning, and most likely undergo spinal surgery, followed by 8 weeks of strict bed rest.

Right now I am waiting for the vet to call with the results of the surgery consult to confirm that he needs surgery. He's been at the hospital since 10:30PM last night and I am a mess waiting for answers. :( If anyone has been through this and has any advice or words of encouragement, I would be grateful.

He is such an active dog. We will comply with all post-surgery instructions carefully. My biggest fear is that he will continue to try to jump, run, play, go upstairs, etc in the coming months. How do you keep them from doing what they have always done? How do you keep them occupied during bed rest?
 

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Oh geeze. I can't imagine how terrifying that was! I wish your pup a successful surgery (if surgery is necessary) and a speedy and uneventful recovery regardless.

I have no first hand experience with this and don't know what limitations he might have post surgery or in the future, but might it be possible to teach him to use stairs or some sort of block as an intermediary step for getting up and down from places too high for him to safely jump?

It sounds like you acted fast and got him help asap and that he's in good hands. *fingers crossed for good news from the vet*
 

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Yikes! Poor pup!

Is he crate trained? Crates make limited exercise requirements much easier. Set him up with a comfy bed and a kong filled with peanut butter (make sure there's no xylitol).

I'm sure your vet will discuss all limitations with you and can offer some ideas.
 

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Haven't been through that, but we have a friend that had a dachshund that had spinal surgery at about 7 or 8 years of age, similar problem. She lived to be 16, and was completely mobile following surgery and recovery.
 
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