Dachshund with Back Problems
My Black & Tan standard went down two weeks ago with the dreaded dachshund disc disease. One minute he was fine, the next his back legs were mostly paralyzed.
I can't believe what an emotional roller coaster we've been on.
I also can't believe we've spent so much money on a dog! We drove him three hours north to a neurologist vet/hospital two Fridays ago. They did an MRI (hey! I've never had an MRI) and back surgery.
He came home the next Monday, looking like a football, with twenty staples down his shaved back.
Now, he's doing well enough that we struggle to keep him contained. He thinks he's ready to catch birds, squirrels and cats.
He still stumbles while walking in grass and looses his footing on our slick wood floors, but does well on the sidewalk and down the driveway.
I think he's pretty clever. He wanted to hike his leg yesterday to pee. He doesn't really have the strength or coordination for that yet. So he lifted his leg, leaned against the tree, and let the tree support him.
We're building ramps so he can get in and out of the house, once the docs give us the OK (probably about four more weeks).
I'll be glad when were able to let him get back to just being a dog.