Save My Dachshund (Marley)

Update posted by Titus Judah On Jun 25, 2020

So Marley has finished his course of medications as of last night. The vet phoned me this morning to follow up and check on how he is doing.

I am happy to say that he looks much better and is able to move around more. I am letting him walk around but not run. His left side still is a bit swollen (rib cage area) but he seems to be in much greater spirits and has the life back in him. I am being cautiously optimistic that we may just be able to treat this conservatively.

The vet's advice is that I give observe him for a few days now that his meds are finished and see how he does. If he starts to relapse and emit signs of pain or difficulty moving, I will need to take him back in for further examination.

Fingers crossed and hoping that a conservative approach will suffice and we won't need to have surgery. pra

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Update posted by Titus Judah On Jun 09, 2020

So at yesterday's evening appointment, the vet said he is still in a lot of pain. Usually when they have a slipped disc, the disc pops out more towards one side or the other. It seems like Marley's disc has popped on the right, meaning his right side is weak and he prefers standing or putting weight/pressure on the left side (legs). His other vitals are fine and he is eating and drinking okay. He is a bit slow off the blocks because the signals being fired by the motor neurons aren't traveling as usual from his brain to his legs and vice versa.

The vet has decided to put him on 2 more weeks of pain meds and anti-inflammatories and see how a conservative approach goes. Thankfully, I am working from home and will be able to monitor him and take him out when he needs to do his business and otherwise keep him at minimum movement. I have purchased a crate so I can get him to crate rest and stay isolated (I have 4 other doggos who get very excitable every time I lift Marley and put him down).

If at the end of these 2 weeks, there is no improvement, the only option left is surgery and they would rather do it sooner than later before paralysis sets in his hind legs

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Update posted by Titus Judah On Jun 08, 2020

Thank you all for generously donating towards this cause. I am taking Marley back to the vet this afternoon for a follow-up check and will give you all an update later today. He seems to be in a lot of pain but his spirits are still high.

I have also spoken to a friend of mine who was in a similar situation with this little Jack Russel recently. His baby was diagnosed with Stage II IVDD but they diagnosed it early and put him on strict crate rest with pain meds and anti-inflammatories for 6 weeks. He has slowly but surely recovered and is pain free but has lost strength in his legs and will need physical therapy and PROM exercises to help him gain strength and mobility.

This could be an option to consider but I will know more later today after our appointment.

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Don't worry Marley! You'll get through this! <3

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All the best to Marley,get well soon and get back to running

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Hope Marley gets better soon. Loads of hugs and kisses to him!

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