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first showed signs of IVDD at the end of February. He had been
playing with my nephew at our home. We had recently moved to
a different home that has pergo floors. Emmett began limping
with his back right leg the following day, and was walking slowly.
I thought maybe he had slipped and sprained his leg running across
the pergo floor. This went on for a week, and he got worse.
By the end of the week, March 4, 2005,
I went to pick him up, and he yelped and cried. I put him back
down on the floor and saw that he could not walk at all…it’s like
his legs gave out! He looked as freaked out and surprised at
his legs as his daddy, James, and I were!
I have a female dachshund named Chloe who one morning woke up about two years ago and her legs were dragging. She had been fine with no signs of back problems prior. I took her to my vet and he gave me the option to take her to Tufts for a surgery that he said could not be guaranteed or give her some steroids and come back in a few days. He had also mentioned putting her down because she had no deep pain sensation. I was devastated with the whole situation . I knew I couldn't afford the surgery because I am a single parent and just couldn't swing it but I definitely wasn't going to put her down. After all she got me through breast cancer and I was willing to do the same for her no matter what. I gave her steroids and decided to get her a cart from the Dachshunds Disabled Society. I think the vet thought I was crazy and I then immediately stopped going to him and switched to the two female vets also there and things have been wonderful. They are much more caring. Anyway before this happened Chloe was battling an eye infection that just wouldn't get better. Again that idiot vet just kept avoiding me. Well, a week after Chloe went down, I woke up one morning to find her eye bulging out of her head. I was in tears. I brought her to the vets and idiot was on and was shocked to see what had happened. He referred me to Ocean State Animal Hospital just up the street and they were wonderful. They had to remove her eye immediately and she stayed overnight but went through surgery just fine. When we finally got her home I started doing physical therapy with her three -four times a day. At first she was very stiff butthen after awhile her muscles in her legs seemed to be loosening up. When I had to take her for her post op visit I believe it was two weeks after surgery I took her with her new cart that I had received. She loved it and was running around like crazy. When the vet examined her he said that she could feel some deep pain sensation and said whatever you're doing keep it up. Well two months later Chloe could walk and run again. She wobbles of course but at least she can get around and she is having so much fun with her other siblings. She does well considering she lost her eye and went down all within two weeks of one another. Now its been over two years and she still is doing well. I am just so thankful that I didn't give up on her and didn't have her put down. After all she wasn't suffering she just couldn't walk but miracles do happen and she is walking now. Thanks for reading my story of Chloe.
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