Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions
Hello I'm Dr. RB and I am a licensed veterinarian. Unfortunately, Dachshund breeds are very susceptible intervertebral disc disease which involves either 1. acute rupture of an intervertebral and disc material moving upward and causing inflammation to the spinal cord or 2. Degenerative of the disc overtime which my herniate and compress the spinal cord leading to progressively worsening signs; first back pain, then weakness of the front and/or hind limbs, followed by paralysis. Once paralysis occurs, usually there is a 24 hours period of time in which spinal surgery need to be performed prior in order for the dog to have a 50% chance of reversing the paralysis.
Therefore, if you are seeing his hind limbs be very weak and wobbly and "crossing over" in the midline, I would try to get him to the emergency clinic right away because this suggest progressively worsening clinical neurological signs. However, if he is experiencing discomfort only; then I would put him in a crate or small room where is confined on soft bedding (no running, jumping, playing, climbing stairs) and he is rested until the morning when you can take him to your regular veterinarian in the morning. I would not give him any pain medications as human anti-inflammatory drugs are very harsh for dog's gastrointestinal tract. I hope this advice helps you;)
Okay I hope your little feels better soon:) If you are happy with my advice, I would greatly appreciated a positive rating? If you have any questions please let me know.
Hello, just checking in to see you have any additional questions for me?
Hello again, I hope your little friend is feeling better..If my advice helped, it would be greatly appreciated if you could take the time to give my response a positive rating? This would allow me to receive compensation for my expertise and time assisting you and your pet.. Much thanks