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My little 8 yr. old wire Xena went down early on a Tuesday
morning. We had adopted Xena a mere 11 months through Canadian Dachshund
While home at noon time the day before, I observed she was acting strangely
& walking very stiff. Knowing what we know about this breed, I scooped
her up & raced to my vet. Since x-rays revealed nothing, we were prescribed
pain medication & anti-inflammatories. I kept her very quiet the rest
of the day & evening, but upon waking early Tuesday morning, I knew
immediately she was in distress. She yelped out in pain, peed on my bed
& when I set her down, she fell sideways. My husband coddled her while
I was on the phone to our vet, who instructed us to come right in (it
being 6:30 a.m.), he was at his practice doing early morning rounds.
A quick assessment told him all he needed to know & we quickly discussed
our options. First a myelogram to pinpoint the exact problem & surgery
if required. We rushed to the Atlantic Veterinary Hospital, where she
underwent the myelogram & discovered a ruptured disc between the L3-L4
vertebrae. She went immediately into surgery.
I am thrilled to report - she is going to make a full recovery. She has
complete control of her bodily functions & is walking. And is being
discharged later today.
The surgeons feel quick diagnosis & treatment were the key in Xena's
positive outcome. While she will be on very restricted activity the next
8 weeks, they see no reason why she won't live a very long & healthy
I cannot believe the support we have received from the "dachshund community",
CDR members, CDR adopters (two of whom here have gone through the exact
same ordeal), fosters, breeders through e-mails, phone calls - it has
been overwhelming. I want to thank each & every one from the bottom
of my heart.
I feel we need to continue to stress, especially to our potential adopters, that 1 in 4 dachshunds will suffer from a back issue at some point in their life. (like it says on our website). And are they prepared financially & emotionally to deal with the outcome, should that ever happen.
As I mentioned above, we've been blessed with Xena for 11 months - I was not prepared to say good-bye to her just yet.
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