Sorry it’s been such a long time since I’ve updated. I wanted to post a new video of how Waldi walks now, but I’ve been having trouble getting a good one. So instead here’s a photo of him doing his water therapy! He hates the water but he will cooperate for chicken strips. He’s doing exceptionally well and I’d say his walking is at about 95%. Still a little weakness in both back legs, especially his left, but he makes do. He may be this way for the rest of his life or he may continue to improve even more, we’re really not sure. He’s a happy little boy and has been sleeping on his back again and wagging his tail more than ever, so I can tell he feels good. I even taught him how to roll over on command! So now he knows sit, shake, lay down, and roll over, as well as “outside,” “inside,” “in your crate,” and “get out of the kitchen,” lol.
Sorry it’s been so long since I posted an update, but I have some good news: at Waldi’s four-week post-op visit to the neurologist on Monday, we were given the OK to start weaning him off crate rest and let him walk around the house a bit! YAY! This video is from Friday, just showing how he currently walks, although he’s already improved from this. As opposed to here where he basically stumbles every three steps, now he can probably do a wobbly ten steps before he falls down. Progress! The doctor says his back is basically healed, we just need to build up his muscle tone again. His rear right leg is weaker than his left because that’s the side that had the rupture and where they did the surgery. We are doing physical therapy with him daily (though I can’t say we’ve been very diligent with the hydrotherapy since he hates it) and he will have his second electro-acupuncture session this Friday. Just a reminder that we are still raising funds; his total bill for the surgery ended up being just shy of $6,000.
This is my long-haired chocolate rescue Dachshund Waldi about three days before he suddenly lost use of his back legs. He has since had surgery to repair a slipped disc in his spine and is now recovering at home. We have started a fundraiser for his medical expenses here.
Reblogging because I don’t think I have posted this photo here yet. Waldi had his staples removed yesterday and the neurosurgeon said he is looking very good, though we are going to start doing more passive range-of-motion exercises on his legs to keep his muscles from going stiff. He also has an electro-acupuncture appointment with our regular vet tomorrow; I’ve heard that it can work wonders on IVDD dogs. His legs are getting stronger every day and he now moves them easily when lying on his side and can stand unsupported for short amounts of time. If all goes well, function should continue to return and we should have him up and walking on his own (albeit unsteadily) within the next two weeks!
Waldi’s Neuro Checklist
Checklist of neurological recovery following back surgery:
poop on his own pee on his own wag his tail
- walk unassisted
Yup! Waldi just wagged his tail for the first time since surgery, and it was unmistakably voluntary!!! Yaaaaay! Tomorrow he’s going in to have his staples removed and have his progress assessed by the neurologist. We will also find out if he’s regained deep pain sensation (something we can’t test at home on our own). When lying on his side we have noticed a lot of movement of his back legs, but he still isn’t trying to support himself when standing or walking. Still, this is great progress! A very happy day for us! :)
I know it’s a gross thing to get excited about, but this afternoon Waldi pooped for the first time since his surgery. And he waited for me to take him outside to do it. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? It means that he can control when he poops, which means he has at least SOME feeling and control in his back end. Can’t walk yet but his leg reflexes feel stronger, and his tail has also wagged, but those aren’t necessarily voluntary movements. But the pooping was definitely voluntary! :)
Now if we could just convince him to pee on his own so we can stop catheterizing him… :\
We also made the appointment to get the staples taken out of his back next Monday. No more Frankendog!
Waldi was supposed to come home tonight…
We waited around the hospital until 10pm, but his primary neurosurgeon who needed to give his approval for Waldi to be released was too busy to see us, so we have to wait ‘til morning.
Our sentiments exactly, Waldi.