Is this paralyzed dog always going to be in pain?
December 29, 2011 3:13 PM Subscribe
Mini Daschund with Intervertebral Disk Disease: Your experiences and advice, should we put her to sleep, or could she improve?
posted by catatethebird to pets & animals (16 answers total)
My sister's mini Daschund was diagnosed with IVDD about a week ago, and it has progressed very rapidly. She has had episodes before, but we always thought it was an injury (her "sister" is a 110 pound American Bulldog who might have stepped on her.) This time she progressed from limping and tenderness to full paralysis in the last week. She is on cage rest. She cannot urinate and we are trying to learn how to express her bladder. If she could live with a reasonable quality of life my sister would be willing to care for her like this. The problem is she seems to be in pain. What is your experience with this disease? Have you had a dog in this condition that improved? We don't want to put her to sleep if she might improve, but we don't want to keep her alive in pain that is not going to go away.