What is IVDD?
IVDD is a debilitating and costly disease that affects dachshunds (and other breeds as well, such as (but not limited to) Corgis, Papillions, Basset Hounds and Miniature Pinschers.)
Recently, our dachshund, named Coco, was diagnosed with IVDD. It happened all at once. She took off protecting her property, out the front door, flying down the steps, ears flapping in the wind, barking and telling that deer that she didn’t belong in her property. YES, her property. She walked back in the house, proud of herself of her accomplishment and then rested and had more doggie dreams of chasing whatever didn’t belong. THEN the next day, she wouldn’t use the steps to come back into the house after going potty. AND soon it became worse, fever, shivering, sad, and the back legs would not work at all. SO we took her into the vet’s office and they did xray’s and said she has a ruptured disc. We were devastated. We left her overnight, where they gave her a shot of steroids, and did laser treatment on her back to ease the pain. WHEN we brought her home the next day, we were told she should be crate bound for a couple of weeks. I later discovered that the minimum time should be 8 to 9 weeks. SO we are a little over week one now. She developed a UTI which we know have meds for. AND we have gone through numerous pee pads, towells and even a diaper or too. Were hoping that the efforts we are doing are going to enable her to once again strut around the house. Although she will be limited if we reach that milestone, no more jumping up on the couch, or down the stairs. So please, keep your finger’s crossed and good thoughts coming for Coco’s improvement. I hope that those of you that have a dog in this situation are coping with it, as I know now, that it isn’t easy. This link below has been a lifesaver, thank you so much. I joined their forums and have asked questions and read lots of information in regards to this disease.
This picture is Coco in her crate, where actually she is doing well. It’s so sad but I know were doing the best thing for her. AND good news, this morning, she was able to stand a wee bit on her back legs. I am hopeful, but I don’t want to rush into anything!