IVDD is one of the most terrifying and stressful situations a doxie family can face. The most important thing to know is that IVDD is NOT a death sentence. There are resources to help no matter what your budget is for care.
Dodgerslist is the most comprehensive collection of information on IVDD avaialble and they offer information on both the surgical and crate rest options for treatment. Read up on both to determine which method is best for you. The 2nd most important thing to do on Dodgers is to join their message boards as their moderators are staffed by non-medical people who have been through what you are facing and can provide personalized support for both you and your doxie.
More DRSF dachshunds than we can count have regained the ability to walk through the help of Dr. Wong at Southeast Veterinary Neurology. They are the only veterinary specialists in Miami that are board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine specialty of Neurology. They use a 1.5 Tesla GE MRI, the most powerful MRI being used for veterinary patients in south Florida. High-field MRI provides clearer images in less time compared to low-field MRI. This means a more accurate diagnosis with less need for anesthesia.Florida's Leader in Veterinary neurology, neurosurgery & advanced imaging.We are the only veterinary specialists in Miami that are board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine specialty of Neurology.
DRSF Partners with Trupanion who provides one simple plan that covers 90%* of your unexpected veterinary costs, including hospital stays, diagnostic tests, IVDD SURGERY, medications, surgeries and other treatments that arise when your canine friend is ill or injured. The 90% coverage kicks in after your deductible has been met, and there are no limits on the amount we reimburse.
DRSF has had great results with acupuncture as a complimentary treatment to IVDD. You can search for a veterinary acupuncturist here or if you are in the South Florida area, contact Dr. Ferran at Ludlam Dixie Animal Clinic!
Life After IVDD
When faced with IVDD it may seem that there is no way that life can go on after or how a doxie would live a happy, healthy life being paralyzed (if surgery is not an option). We are here to tell you that even on two legs a doxie's spirt cannot be contained! There are some amazing resources out there to show what is possible:
DRSF dogs use Eddie's Wheels carts and we are so taken by their dedication and quality, we even visited them at their factory! Check out their site for info on ordering as well as their information on "pre-loved" carts!
Red Flyer accepts used wheelchairs, refurbishes them and loans them at no charge to families of handicapped pets in need...so that no pet should be alone or without the gift of mobility. If you have a cart to donate, they even cover the cost of shipping!!!