Daisy is a Dachshund mix that suffers from Intervertebral Disc (ruptured disc) Disease. Unfortunately, Daisy falls into a group of breeds that are more likely to suffer from this condition that makes many dogs, a special needs dog. The best treatment is to get your dog to a vet if you see that they are having trouble walking or if they are not able to control their bodily functions. Time is key and it helped in Daisy’s case. Daisy’s owner Ashley got her to the vet as soon as possible. Daisy eventually had surgery, but even with the surgery she will not return to full mobility. Ashley also has to be careful to ensure that Daisy doesn’t jump on anything and it could risk further damage. But as Ashley demonstrates, sometimes it’s the smallest things we do that can make the biggest difference to our dog.
Ashley has done right with following up with Daisy’s vet and keeping a close watch on her for any signs of a reoccurring problem. But Ashley, like many owners has seen that the power of care and quality of life falls is in her responsibility just as it is her responsibility to to take Daisy to the vet. Prior to ruptured disc, Daisy’s favorite time of day was to curl up with Ashley on her bed at night and sleep with her. Now, jumping on furniture is strictly forbidden and painful for Daisy. Knowing that keeping this ritual would maintain Daisy’s quality of life, Ashley and her boyfriend built a ramp. Daisy can use this ramp to get up or down on the bed as she pleases. This is a fabulous example of an owner going out of her way to give their dog not just care but a great quality of life.
Click here for more information on Intervertebral Disc Disease. What little things do you do that goes over and beyond the typical care for a dog? How do you care for your dog’s quality of life versus caring for your dogs basic needs?
You can read more about Daisy and how her family cares for her in “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog.” So many dog owners are caring for their dogs by easy, common sense methods. My book, “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog” shares such tips along with inspirational stories of owners making it work. “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog” may be purchased at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. A percentage of the profits from “Caring for Your Special Needs Dog” goes to The Texas A&M Foundation to the benefit of the Neurology Section, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinarian Medicine.
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