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Old 10-28-2009, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Michaux State Forest
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Any Dachshund owners who have had a Doxie with back or neck spinal problems? If so, what happened and what did you do for treatment? Did your dog have surgery? What was the final outcome? My Mazzie herniated disks in 2006 and had a very sucessful back surgery. She was paralyzed before the surgical procedure, but is now running circles around me. However, my other Doxie, Gus, is now having back problems too. He isn't paralyzed though and I don't know what to do, I'm worried sick. Please reply if you have gone thru anything similar as I need to figure out what to do. Thanks in advance, ..lil red......
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:36 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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1st thing you Need to do is take him to the vet! Without knowing whats wrong there is nothing anyone can advise you to do. Besides it could be minor & all he needs is an adjustment!
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:37 AM
 
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Please do NOT let any 'dog chiropractor' do any 'adjustments' on his back. This can cause irreparable harm.

You dog should lose weight if he's overweight. That's the single most common cause of back problems in dachshunds! But DO get him to a vet. Some steroids can reduce the swelling and provide him with pain relief!
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:59 AM
 
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GOtta agree w/ the others and also keep him from jumping on/off furniture and off stairs, keeping him trim is key too (I dont have dachsunds but we cut back on their food in the winter when the weather's cold and they get less exercise).
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Michaux State Forest
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I'm sorry, I should have mentioned in my OP that I did immediately take him to our regular vet. As soon as he started acting funny, I gave him some prednisone and Vallium and then some Tramadol, which the vet called in for me since this happened(of course) on the weekend. I took him in on Mon. but, just like when you take your car to the mechanic only to have the problem stop when you get there, by then he seemed fine so the vet just gave me xtra meds, and confirmed what I was already doing, and also told me to keep him in the crate so he would be quiet. My problem is this: he will seem ok one minute and then suddenly will start crying and shaking from pain. My vet didn't feel that he needed to go to the specialist but I'm wondering. I'd like for him to get some x-rays or MRI because I know something must be going on, yet he isn't anywhere near as bad off as my other dog was when her back was injured. I don't want to take him to the specialist unless it's absolutely necessary because it is SO EXPENSIVE! It cost us $4,800.00 for Mazzie and we really don't have that kind of money right now, although we will have to suck it up and pay it if it will help him. Ugh...I just wish I knew how to proceed with this. Thanks again to everyone who replied, I GREATLY appreciate your time and concern. Take care, ..lil red.......
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Old 10-29-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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My vet didn't feel that he needed to go to the specialist but I'm wondering. I'd like for him to get some x-rays or MRI because I know something must be going on, yet he isn't anywhere near as bad off as my other dog was when her back was injured. I don't want to take him to the specialist unless it's absolutely necessary because it is SO EXPENSIVE! It cost us $4,800.00 for Mazzie and we really don't have that kind of money right now, although we will have to suck it up and pay it if it will help him. Ugh...I just wish I knew how to proceed with this.
It won't cost $4,800 for a diagnosis. It may be less expensive if you treat it early. If you wait for the dog to be paralyzed your options will be limited.
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:24 AM
 
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i have milk cartons covered with towels as steps next to anywhere my doxies will jump up on . you will need to take the time to train them to use the side of the bed/couch etc. that has the step located,and remember that those cute little eyes begging for food will suffer terribly from over feeding them ...no they dont hold it against you if you dont feed them!
doxies main job is to chase squirrels and eat,a fat doxie is a recipe for a unhealthy doxie with a shorter life and medical problems, my last advice is to walk them!!!!! just dont let them run around the back yard chasing what ever. they need the structure of a walk (without them stopping where they want) you control the walk not them. they are not children they are dogs......treat them like dogs!
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Old 12-18-2009, 09:48 AM
 
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Any Dachshund owners who have had a Doxie with back or neck spinal problems? If so, what happened and what did you do for treatment? Did your dog have surgery? What was the final outcome? My Mazzie herniated disks in 2006 and had a very sucessful back surgery. She was paralyzed before the surgical procedure, but is now running circles around me. However, my other Doxie, Gus, is now having back problems too. He isn't paralyzed though and I don't know what to do, I'm worried sick. Please reply if you have gone thru anything similar as I need to figure out what to do. Thanks in advance, ..lil red......

I have 3 dachshunds at this time. I have been through 4 back surgeries on my dogs. Twice for my oldest one, once for our youngest, and at this time my female middle dog is now in the hospital having surgery. She was in for a bad disc. After surgery she was doing pretty well, last night I got a call from the vet telling me she was not doing well and they had to go back into the same area and remove a blood clot off the spin. She is still in ICU, good spirits, eating pretty good, but not walking. Hopefully in time she will get much better. Just want to let you know that these dogs are so special, they are the best breed of a dog you could ask for! At least thats what I think! Good luck to all of you dachshund owners!
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Old 12-19-2009, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Michaux State Forest
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I have 3 dachshunds at this time. I have been through 4 back surgeries on my dogs. Twice for my oldest one, once for our youngest, and at this time my female middle dog is now in the hospital having surgery. She was in for a bad disc. After surgery she was doing pretty well, last night I got a call from the vet telling me she was not doing well and they had to go back into the same area and remove a blood clot off the spin. She is still in ICU, good spirits, eating pretty good, but not walking. Hopefully in time she will get much better. Just want to let you know that these dogs are so special, they are the best breed of a dog you could ask for! At least thats what I think! Good luck to all of you dachshund owners!
My heart goes out to you! I hope your Doxie is feeling better soon and the surgery a success. After Maz's surgery she didn't immediately walk either, but by the end of the wk she was up and doing great. Now, three yrs since her surgery, she's running circles around me(lol). These back problems are like a nightmare. The dog is in horrible pain and the cost for a specialist and surgery is truly awful, we spent over $5 grand to get my one dog well and although it is worth every penny to see her up and running, it will take a long time to recoup the costs. Since I posted this thread I've got good news. Gus is doing great. Meds and rest took care of the problem and he didn't need surgery. Now I just have to concentrate on getting his weight down. I've always taken him on long walks but he's still heavy, we are trying new food. Lastly, as much as I love this breed the fear of these back problems very well may keep me from getting another Doxie. It breaks my heart to say that but the trauma of having a hurt dog and the horrendous cost for a surgery that may not even work, has me thinking twice about eventually getting another one.
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Old 12-21-2009, 05:58 AM
 
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how could you even think about not getting another one? Doxie's are a stubborn breed..but you must be more so. take the time to train your dog to use the steps/crates to get on and off of the couch/bed/chair,walk them daily their little legs will tire and they will curl under a blanket and sleep most of the day. if you put in the time and let them know you are the boss not them you will have healthy happier dogs,,its the ladies and guys who think their dogs are their children who cause most of the problems. training a doxie is quite simple because either they are the smartest dogs in the world....or my other dogs were stupid!
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