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is not as severe or dramatic as most, but I hope it can still be helpful
to others. Zoe is six years old and has been with me since she was a
puppy. She is a red, smooth miniature and was my first experience with
Dachshunds. When she was two years old she had a serious reaction to
her annual vaccines and although it was a frightening experience, it
turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I had dogs and horses most
of my life, and considered myself a good "dog mom." The vaccine incident
lead me to the Internet and after much reading, I discovered I was woefully
uninformed. I joined a few Dachshund boards, and read heart breaking
posts about paralyzed dogs, and Dachshunds being euthanized. I also
read a post from Linda Stowe, who wanted to start a list devoted to
IVDD and it's treatment, and was gauging interest in such a group. I
signed up right away.
The canine family grew to include a Toy Fox Terrier and another Dachshund..
I continued to read and learn. I cut down on vaccines based on the new
protocol, I drastically improved my dogs' diets, I added supplements,
and I keep my dogs exercised. I became a maniac about keeping my dogs
fit and trim. I knew the things to look for that might indicate the
onset of a back problem and I memorized my dogs gaits and how they stood.
I discussed IVDD and treatments with my vet, and was assured that we
were on the same page.
Our morning routine is always the same. As soon as I have both feet
on the floor the dogs race to the kitchen for breakfast. Zoe is the
alpha dog, and she must always be first. Zoe was not first. She was
walking and I could see her slow as she made her way to the kitchen.
She sat several times on her way. She ate, but stood very hunched. and
then began to be wobbly in her back legs. Because of what I learned
from Dodgerslist I knew exactly what was happening. I crated her right
away, and was waiting at the vets when they opened. During the five
minute trip to the vet, she had soiled her crate, something she had
never done before. Zoe was seen immediately. After a thorough examination
she was given an injection of Dexamethasone, prednisone tablets, the
first of a series of eight Adequan shots and I was instructed to get
some Pepcid AC to protect her stomach from the prednisone. I was also
instructed that she was to be crated 24/7 and I was to bring her back
immediately if she got worse. The vet and I also discussed where I should
take her should she get worse during the night or when the clinic was
Thankfully, all my dogs are crate trained. I set up an Xpen for Zoe,
where she could still everything that was going on. She seemed content
but the other dogs were not. The first few days were a bit chaotic as
I tried to develop a new routine. Zoe stayed in her pen other then potty
breaks, and I carried her in and out. She improved quickly, and after
three weeks she seemed as good as new. She remained in her pen for the
full six weeks. Zoe has gradually resumed her normal activity. She is
doing just fine, but still trying to understand why furniture is off
limits and jumping is forbidden.
I know there are no guarantees that this is the only incident or the
end of the problems. There is more and more evidence that IVDD is a
disease, and if this is so then she has it. I have increased her supplements,
we are on a waiting list to see a holistic vet who does acupuncture
treatments, and we are considering periodic Adequan shots. I will continue
to feed her quality food and keep her fit and trim. I like to think
that this will help, but the truth is I don't know. I like to think
that although supplements, diet, and exercise did not prevent an incident,
they may have lessened it. I do know that because of Dodgerslist I knew
about IVDD and because I knew what was happening with Zoe I was able
to get her the treatment she needed immediately. I do believe that helped
to keep the incident under control. I also know that discussing this
disease and it's treatment previously with my vet was one of the smartest
things I ever did.
As I said, this story is not nearly as serious or dramatic as most.
I would like to think that it will be a help to folks whose dogs have
not had a problem. It can happen to you, and your knowledge and
fast action can make a difference.
by Kathy Nabhan, Indiana
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