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A week ago, When Jim took Scooter out she stumbled coming back into the fifth wheel. But then she seemed fine. A little later she tried going up the steps into the bedroom and cried out in pain.
At this time she doesn’t have much use of her hind legs. We took her to the vet and it’s a neurological problem with her back. She is not a candidate for surgery because of her heart.
I got on the internet on Dodgerslist.com which is a website devoted to dogs with IVDD (canine back problems) especially dachshunds and started reading. We are going to use the “conservative” method of treatment which means complete crate rest for two months. We don’t know if this will work but we are praying that it works for her.
She will probably never be able to walk normally and will always look like a drunken sailor but that’s okay. Just means the rabbits are a little bit safer.
This has been a real adjustment time for all of us. It took us a few days to decide on the crate rest and during that time one of us had to be with her at all times to make sure she didn’t move. We have to carry her outside and since she’s on a heart medicine that makes her have to go to the bathroom, we make several trips a day. Now with the crate we can leave her for a couple of hours at a time. And Ginny is always just across the street to help us out.
Scooter just looks at us like what in the world has happened to me. I feel so bad for her but she isn’t in any pain which is something we can really be grateful for. Skittlez also doesn’t understand what is going on but she’s getting used to Scooter being in the crate.
Jim and Paul went to Casa Grande to Jan and Bill’s Christmas Party last Friday. I stayed home with Scooter but I heard that everyone had a fantastic time and a whole lot of good food.