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I got Rinku
as a puppy, February/March 2000, he is almost 9 now.
When Rinku was brought home by the dealer in a pink plastic basket,
my mom thought it's some kind of a fish-ha ha that was so funny. Cause
the light was low and he was so black and shiny with his long pointy
nose which went ahead of him sniffing his new home and that tail -
the cutest thing about Rinku - his waggy waggy just never stopped.
He would lay down and simply flip over and lie on his back-till this
day Rinku loves to sleep on his back. Rinku LOVES cats and would seek
out the cats, a whole bunch of them, Mint Box, Ricky, Joey, Beeboo,
Phoolan (named after the dreaded Decoit who dewelled in Madya Pradesh
ravines, India) and her babies etc. etc. and would cuddle up with
them all to sleep. They were a sight so beautiful that people would
stop and look in at Rinku sleeping, playing and eating with the cats.
And can you beat this? While Phoolan birthed her babies-Rinku sat
by and cleaned them up - YES thats my Rinku for you.
Around the 20th of October, 2008 he again showed the same signs of
difficulty in walking and hunched back and fever as that last time
from almost a year ago. I was now aware of the signs and took him
right away to the vet, increased the Neurobion Forte to twice a day
again and he was back to near normal again, he was climbing stairs,
jumping onto the sofa and everything as usual. I was never aware that
the stair climbing and jumping could cause injuries to these small
dogs especially dachshunds.
On the 28th October, 2008 was when the nightmare started. It was Diwali-(a
festival of lights where people decorate their homes with lights and
have a lot of fireworks) Rinku never liked the fireworks and hates
the loud noisy ones, he hides himself or will climb into a lap to
be comforted and sheltered. This is what gave him the final
blow, he was snuggled into my lap and suddenly there was a loud cracker,
he jumped out of my lap and off the sofa-BOOM he couldn't get up and
was dragging himself and he was in pain, I could see it in his eyes.
I called the vet and he was taken right away.
Now Rinku has always slept with me on my bed, so my boys brought him
home and I took him to bed, he was tucked in but very restless, he
peed in the bed and he vomited. I kept just shifting him to another
part of the bed, changed the linen and again he would pee, but very
little and not like he was aware of the pee coming out. I had to make
trips to the vet every day for over 10 days and he was on various
medicines. Finally, when I took him for a review to a vet I
believed in, i was told that it now did not look like Rinku will recover.
I asked what can be done and the choice was keep a paralyzed dog or
put him down.
Then I found
Dodgerslist. I continued
my visits to the vet, but the hope came from Dodgerslist. I followed
their advice, got Rinku a crate, learned to express, learned how important
it is to keep the dog calm and rested, learned various tips/ideas
to care for an IVDD dog and just kept my faith. Dodgers guided
me every step and Rinku is better today. Almost 2 months of crate
rest and Rinku can walk. Yes, he IS walking. He is wobbly and falls
down, etc. but he is walking, that is what matters. He is able to
pee and poop on his own now and that is all that matters for me....that
he is well.
He is still on medication, Neurobion Forte twice a day, but just that,
I am not taking him to any vet that is going to play guessing games
with him, who gives me the impression that they are not too proficient
with IVDD treatment. I was just told to keep him still, keep him warm
and give him the medicines, no one advised things like crate rest,
expressing, stomach protecters nothing. All that information I was
able to gather from Dodgerslist. I feel so educated on the topic now,
that i can at least guide others, if nothing else to please log on
to dodgerslist.com and learn to take care of their pet in case of
IVDD and the do's and don'ts of having a dachshund.
There is a lot more I can add to Rinku's story, but the purpose here
is to let you know that an IVDD pet is curable, you need to be somewhat
if not completely educated on the subject. If you keep on reading
about it, the somewhat education will improve to near complete and
The road to recovery is rest! rest! and more rest for those 8 crucial
weeks. Lots and lots of love for the pet and that has be be tough
love to make that pet feel wanted and that she/he is the most important
part of your life. That gives the pet the determination to get better
Love your pet,
Linda in India
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