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Disc damage
 (aka: slipped, hernianated, bulging disc or pinched nerve)

What to expect at during healing of the disc

Conservative Treatment:
DAMAGED DISCS take about 8 weeks to heal and form secure scar tissue during  conservative treatment. There are no medications that help this along—only time and limited movement of the back and neck with 100% STRICT 24/7 crate rest. When a dog walks and moves, the vertebrae move, tearing down the important scar tissue that is forming to stabilize the disc rupture. Anytime out of the recovery suite is a dangerous time for a healing disc. Only potty time and vet appointments are a necessity to be out of the crate. Be diligent about crate rest, cheating on crate rest promotes damage to the disc: no chiropractic therapy, no couches, no sleeping with you, no baths, or water therapy during the 8 weeks of  conservative treatment's crate rest.

Keep the recovery suite in the middle of family activity so there isn't a feeling of isolation. Most dogs prefer a wired crate or an ex-pen for better visibility. 

Mia is kept with family including gardening time!

Specific ideas and tips for setting up your recovery suite:

Additional  information on conservative vs. surgery:
Surgery is followed by 6 weeks of crate rest.
Because offending disc material has been surgically removed, often water therapy or water treadmill can be started during the post-op crate rest period.

IVDD Conservative Treatment follows 8 weeks of STRICT 24/7 crate rest

Anytime out of the crate is a dangerous time for a weak disc and the spinal cord. At potty time care is taken to carry the dog to and from the potty place. A sling keeps the rear from tipping and the spine aligned. Either a fenced area or harness/leash with you standing in one spot limits footsteps to the very fewest.

This information is presented for educational purposes and as a resource for the Dachshund community. The coordinators are not veterinarians or health care professionals. Nothing herein should be interpreted as medical advice and all should contact their pet care professionals for advice. The coordinators are not responsible for the substance and content contained herein and do not advocate any particular product, item or position contained herein.

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