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My 3 yr old Havanese , Izzy is having back pain MRI today showed disk issue. Neurologist feels that crate rest and meds can help and eventually prevent surgery. 6 weeks complete crate rest. Only out to pee and poop. Donít know how I will do this. I do have a pen that I used when she was a puppy, but she hates it now and cries. Even when I put her in her reg crate, which she usually likes, she cries. The meds should make her a little tired, but not yet. I feel so terrible. She doesnít understand why she has to stay in her crate and it breaks my heart. I know this is best for her, but it hasnít even been a whole day and she is miserable
Sorry for long post. Guess Im feeling sorry for me and Izzy
Anyone been thru this. Any suggestions. Please
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I just wanted to say how sorry I am that you are going through this. My Mia had this problem at age 7. It was very scary. I did the conservative treatment with meds and strict crate rest for 6 weeks. Mia recovered fine and has not had a problem since then. She is now 11. I have also kept her from doing stairs or jumping off furniture since that time since they said it could happen again and that was the best thing I could do to prevent it. Mia did not mind being in her crate. I kept the crate on sliders so I could move it around to be near me. I am wondering if your dog may have some pain and once the meds start working that will subside. I want to refer you to dodgerslist.com which is an awesome resource for anyone who has a dog with a back issue. If you join their forum, they will assign someone to you to guide you and give you moral support. I cannot thank them enough for how they helped me. If they suspect IVDD this is very scary and you need some support. I wish you the very best for a wonderful outcome.
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I cannot help at all, having not gone through this. I just wanted to say I am very sorry that you and your little girl are going through this. I hope the crate rest is successful and that she will no more treatment after this. Best of luck.
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Was she sedated for the MRI? My dogs acted strangely following sedation. Crying and restless I remember my Bichon(bladder stone surgery) cried for 2 days. He too did not want to be in his crate which was very strange for him.
I hope it all works out and she feels better soon.
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I think that IVDD and bloat are the two scariest things a dog owner may face. In both cases early intervention is essential for a successful outcome. For bloat this means your dog can lose its life. For IVDD your dog can become permanently paralyzed. Even if not genetically predisposed to these things, either one can happen to any dog so good to have some knowledge of what to look for and what needs to be done. Most IVDD dogs live long healthy lives if properly treated. It is scary for the owner because strict crate rest is essential during the recovery period and every moment outside their crate is potentially dangerous. If they lose deep pain sensation, surgery needs to be done within 24 hours to avoid paralysis.
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Thanks for all your good thoughts and support
This will not be easy, but itís too important not to do it. I just wish she understood why Iím doing it. Breaks my heart
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Thanks for all your good thoughts and support
This will not be easy, but itís too important not to do it. I just wish she understood why Iím doing it. Breaks my heart
My heart was broken too...I know how you feel. I bet your dog knows you are doing what is best for her. Here is what I had to look at for six weeks. I did buy Mia a new soft fleece blanket which I think she appreciated. Taking one day at a time helps and even though six weeks seems like an eternity...it is really not very long in the grand scheme of things.

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Thanks for all your good thoughts and support
This will not be easy, but itís too important not to do it. I just wish she understood why Iím doing it. Breaks my heart
How are you and Izzy doing?
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Thanks Nancy. Appreciate your concern. Been 2 1/2 weeks. Feels like forever.her MRI showed 3 bulging disks. I am determined to do this for her. Really feel so sad for her, but she is being so good. Meds help make her feel comfortable and tired . She rest a lot, but does get antsy and cries. Breaks my heart. We will get through this. Itís good to know that you had such good results .
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Thanks Nancy. Appreciate your concern. Been 2 1/2 weeks. Feels like forever.her MRI showed 3 bulging disks. I am determined to do this for her. Really feel so sad for her, but she is being so good. Meds help make her feel comfortable and tired . She rest a lot, but does get antsy and cries. Breaks my heart. We will get through this. Itís good to know that you had such good results .
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Judy, you are almost halfway there! I know how hard this is. Have you checked out Dodgerslist.com? They are such an amazing resource. The owner of the list had a Dachshund who was put down many years ago for IVDD back when they really did not know how to deal with it. She started this list to save dogs and has saved hundreds of them by educating them about new treatments like crate rest and surgery. I found it helpful to read about others experiences especially the many success stories! They are also helpful on providing information on helping to prevent future disc episodes. Sometimes the vets arenít good at telling you how to care for your dog after crate rest! Here are the key points I followed:

1. No stairs or jumping off furniture! May be ok for healthy Hav but not one with IVDD.
2. Keep dog at healthy weight.
3. Walk your dog. Exercise is good but no jumping.
4. Always use a harness. No collars!
5. Support dogís rear properly when picking it up. I am amazed how many people do not know how to pick up a dog properly, including vet techs.
6. If they ever have anesthesia, special care needs to be taken to support the dog when they come out of it.

I have followed these guidelines and Mia has never had another issue. She is 11 years old and acts like a two year old. You cannot keep them in a bubble but these are simple common sense guidelines that are not that hard to follow. There are no guarantees but these things can help in my opinion. One thing that supposedly helps (but was too late for me) is to avoid early spay and neuter...there are studies finding this increases the chances of IVDD. I would also let your breeder know about this in case there is a genetic component. Typically does not show up until dog is 3 to 7 years old.
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