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Baxter Boo was born August 20, 2003, we adopted him October
2003. He is a red long hair dachshund. I have always had
dachshunds and was familar with IVDD but still for some
reason never thought it would happen.
On Sunday, May 17, 2009, Boo started walking slowly as
if he was in pain. I restricted his activity and made
arrangements to take him to the vet on Wednesday when
I already had an appointment for one of our kitties. I
kept an eye on Boo in the mean time. He could walk, but
was walking slowly. I wouldn't let him do stairs or jump.
Then Wednesday, May 20th at 2 a.m. I woke up and Boo was
in pain, he was panting heavily and couldn't walk at all.
I rushed him to the emergency vet. The emergency vet did
not give us much hope as Boo showed no signs of deep pain
sensation. The emergency vet even mentioned that we might
want to consider putting Boo down. He was five years old
and my baby and I wanted a second opinion.
I took Boo to our regular vet that morning and she gave
us some hope. She did not get any sign of deep pain sensation
but said that doesn't mean he doesn't have feeling. She
prescribed pain killers and steroids and wanted to see
Boo back in a week. So we put Boo on strict crate rest,
we bought three baby play pens, one for the kitchen, one
for our bedroom and one for the computer room. We took
Boo back to the vet a week later and she got signs of
deep pain sensation. He was now considered a good candidate
for surgery. Problem was we did not have the $4000 for
surgery. So we opted to do conservative treatment with
steroids. The vet said his chances of walking again were
50/50 and gave us information about doggy wheelchairs
in case we had to go that route after the crate rest.
So over the next several weeks, we had Boo on strict crate
rest and steriods. In the beginning, he was incontinent,
couldn't stand, walk, or move his back legs or wag his
tail. Slowly Boo began to improve. The first thing was
he would move his one back leg if you touched it. Then
he wagged his tail. The next 7 weeks went by slowly, with
Boo making progress every week. He is now entering his
final week. He can stand on his own, potty on his own
and wags his tail all the time. When we take him outside
to go potty, he takes a few steps does his business and
wags his tail to go back inside. The vet now expects him
to make a full recovery. After Baxter Boo's crate rest,
we were unable to afford physical therapy through a doctor.
Instead, we did our own physical therapy following the
guidlines on the Dodgerlist website.
Baxter update 10/1/2009
Since Baxter Boo began his physical therapy
in July, he has made wonderful progress, he is walking
and running again. At first, he was stiff in his walking
and wobbling, but now he is walking very well, almost
like before his injury. We are still working with him,
making sure he doesn't over do it.
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