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 .
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.