Nerve healing during a disc episode
NEUROLOGICAL FUNCTION has
no time limit for nerves to heal.
Nerve repair is individual as each
injury is different and each dog’s
ability to heal is different. If
deep pain perception (DPP) is present,
even in paralyzed legs, there is a
chance your dog may be able to walk
again. For those dogs who have lost DPP,
do know nerve regeneration can take
place and that function may
return. Once deep pain perception
is regained, your dog has a chance at a
walking recovery. Thousands of dogs on
Dodgerslist have regained functions in
as little as 2 weeks, others 11 months,
and still others 3 years later. IVDD is
a disease of patience to allow the body
to heal on its own terms. Acupuncture
and Laser Therapy stimulate the cell’s
metabolism that leads to the body’s
natural repair abilities and can be
started at any time.
Once nerves have repaired then muscles
will also have to be retrained to
relearn proper placement of the paws.
Some muscles will need to regain
strength for walking. Consider learning
to walk again as it would be for a
stroke victim or a baby learning to
walk. At first, the steps will be weak
and a bit unstable. Relearning to walk
takes coordination, building up
strength, and lots of patience.
is no timetable anyone can give you when
to expect nerve repair to happen. In
fact, there is no time limit for nerves
to heal...it can take weeks to more like
a year or even longer. However, it is
known that neurological function usually
returns in the reverse order of the
damage. The first big sign you want to
look for is that wonderful tail wag!
1. Deep Pain Sensation (Only correctly
identified by a specialist.)
2. Tail wagging with joy at seeing you,
getting a treat or due to your happy
3. Bladder and bowel control
proved by passing the "sniff and pee"
your dog out to an old pee spot in the
grass. Let him sniff and then observe
for release of urine.
Leg movement, and then ability to move
up into a standing position, and then
5. Being able to walk with more
steadiness and properly placed paws.
6. Ability to walk unassisted and
perhaps even run.
This information is presented for educational
purposes and as a resource for the Dachshund
community. The coordinators are not veterinarians
or health care professionals. Nothing herein
should be interpreted as medical advice and all
should contact their pet care professionals for
advice. The coordinators are not responsible for
the substance and content contained herein and do
not advocate any particular product, item or
position contained herein.
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