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I'm so sorry to hear this. I have had 2 longhaired dachshunds over the past 28 years and both had IVDD. I would have loved another one but the back issues are way too prevalent in the breed (90% of neurology clinic patients are dachshunds) so researched for a healthier dog and chose Havanese.
I am surprised your vet didn't suggest you crate Wheaty? When a dog has a disc episode with this (if it is truly IVDD) it is crucial to keep them from moving around. The usual protocol with the dachshunds is to strictly crate rest them for 4-6 weeks (awful...I know) taking them out only to potty. Very hard to do since they don't like being crated but if not kept quiet to let it fully heal, it can cause a worse herniation or rupture and then they can go paralyzed (why you see so many dachshunds in carts). This is not the norm usually with crate rest, or surgery if needed, they will recover well.
How old is he?
What are his symptoms exactly? Does he cry out in pain sometimes? Is he getting worse, better, fluctuates? Again with dachshunds (and I don't imagine it would be different for another breed) if managed properly in the healing stage they should recover to, or nearly to, how they were before. They usually aren't in pain all of the time. They are though prone to have it happen again so you have to try and keep "four on the floor" so they don't reinjure themselves. But unless there was nerve damage, dachshunds usually look normal again.
It sounds to me like there might either be something else going on or Wheaty's back has not had the chance to rest and heal.
Also are meds to help with inflammation etc.
I would take him to a neurologist for evaluation to be sure you know what you are dealing with. I know how awful it is to see your baby hurting. When dachshunds "go down" as we say when they have a disc issue, the window of time to help them is not very long (24 hours if really bad) the disc that is herniating is impinging nerves, etc which if left too long can permanently damage them. When the dog is left to run around loose with a herniated disc, just one wrong little turn, can cause it to rupture. As I said if Wheaty truly does have IVDD and no other issues involved it's very possible to get him out of pain and moving around much better. Since he's been hurting for a while now makes me wonder if something else isn't involved? It's not a progressive disease like arthritis would be, it flares up and after they heal should be a lot better. Not trying to scare you but if it is IVDD a neurologist would give better advice, am still surprised though that the vets you have been to didn't know to tell you to crate him, etc most vets would. Good luck please let us know how he does I feel for you IVDD is no fun but they can be helped!