are many options for dachshunds afflicted with IVDD. While no guide
can be completely comprehensive, this page of the DRBC Site reviews
those treatment methods most commonly used by the veterinarians that
support DRBC. You should have a full discussion with your veterinarian
concerning the options available for your doxie.
The table or menu shown below will guide you through the various options.
DRBC IVDD General Considerations
DRBC always thinks surgery first, even though this may not
be the option followed. The rationale behind this thought process is
the number of options it gives us in the treatment of suspected IVDD.
Using this approach leads to a reduced number of IVDD surgeries for the
rescue and a more successful conservative or medical treatment result.
Keep in mind the best tool here is the eyes of the owner or
in DRBC's case, the foster family. As dogs walk or play we are looking
at the animal's gait and energy level. We also look at shape and form
and modify food and activity level to reduce the chances that the doxie
in question will experience a trip to the neurosurgeon. A key to who
they are prior to the injury also provides important information about
the health of their spine. Being an observant parent for your fur kid
is one of the best ways to stay on the fast track to recovery should
IVDD become an issue.
Our second tool is a crate. Immobility is critical to
recovery from this disease; again this is with or without surgery. It
is not cruel to crate when it can save an animal's life or maintain the
quality of that animal's life. Crate train early and this will not be
an issue should your doxie suffer with IVDD or any other illness. Oh,
and by the way, we never wait for a veterinarian to tell us to crate
rest a dog; we take the step long before the trip to the hospital.
Third, we act in a timely manner to have the issue addressed. Time = Function. We want to keep or regain the largest percentage of function possible should IVDD present as the diagnosis.
these considerations all DRBC dogs begin their path to recovery at a
single point: the General Exam. Following the exam, the path may be
surgical, non-surgical or may follow an alternate therapy treatment path
for a variety of reasons. Each of these steps is discussed below in an
attempt to help doxie owners use the same logic we do here at DRBC.
NOTE: This section of
the DRBC website is offered as a medical reference only. DRBC is not
operated by veterinarians. Seek the attention of your veterinarian to
obtain a complete understanding for any of the topics listed.
DACHSHUND RESCUE OF BUCKS COUNTY & NJ
181 Gilbert Drive
Morrisville, PA 19067
Tel: 215-736-3338 Fax:267-390-5191