My sweet rescue-dog, Archie, will be 8 years old in the new year. He’s been perfect for me to have as a little companion or emotional support dog. He never barks (unless he sees the UPS man) and is very good at house training. Archie has all kinds of signs to let us know what he needs and seem to understand what we’re saying.
We do our very best to take care of him. He has his regular vet check-ups and takes his prescriptions. He has been neutured, chipped, and has a collar with his/our identification. He’s part Bichon so his main hair is long, curly, and wild! I trim it every few months with a kit and need to clip around his eyes a little more often, because he has tears that get matted.
Last year, out of the blue, we noticed he was just sitting on the flour, away from us. This was something he has never done. We coaxed him up to the couch and he wouldn’t come. As we started watching him, we noticed that he started shaking. He shook all over, as if he had a fever or chills. We brought him food, water, treats, and even peanut butter. He wouldn’t eat or drink anything. We knew he must be hurting or sick.
We called and the vet saw him the next morning. She felt his spine a lot, going up and down his back. After a few minutes she said that he had a vertabrate problem. I think she was suggesting a slipped or herniated disk. Either way, there was inflammation. She gave us a lot of instructions.
We were to give Archie two dog prescriptions, which we picked up at the drugstore. We had Archie covered under our Kroger Family Discount Plan, which saved us a lot of money on the Gabapentin. He was to take 75 mg of Gabapentin twice a day (for nerve pain) and Prednisone (for a week) to bring down the inflammation so that the spine/disks could go back to normal size and heal.
Jumping Can Create Injury
The Vet said that dogs such as Dachshunds, Shih Tzu, Chihuahua, Beagles, and German Sheperds are more prone to herniated disc than some other breeds. Our Archie is part Chihuahua and part Bichon Frise.
We needed to find a way to keep him from jumping on the couch. The Vet said to lift him carefully to the couch and up the stairs. To prevent him going up the stairs we put a baby gate at the bottom. We were to do this for a month. This was a real inconvience, but so was a very expensive surgery.
Later, I asked the Vet about this problem returning. She said that it would most likely return. And because of his breed, it could very well become chronic. Oh, that really worried us. Our entire love this little dog and we want to prevent him getting in pain again. What can we. do.
The Vet said the best way to prevent this problem from re-occuring is to prevent him from jumping up on the couch, running up the stairs, or jumping on the bed. I can’t always be there to pick him up, but I found a solution!
Dog Ramp Prevents Pain
Alpha Paw is a company that makes items for dogs and cats. They have a creation called DachRamp, which is for smaller dogs. They also have a larger ramp and a ramp to use outdoors with a car. Using these adjustable ramps will make it easy for your dog to stop jumping up and down. They easily collapse and can slide under the bed or furniture.
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