When the disks ruptured, it aloows them to drop down, pinching the spinal cord. If its left any length of time in this condition it usually kills the cord, and recovery is usually not possible. Its all a time thing as the quicker that surgery can be performed, the better the odds are of a recovery.......but to what extent is anyones guess. What they do is remove the donut between the disks,, and its called fenestration......If a donut leaks it goes cockeyed, or pushes on a slant, and buy removing the jelly substance that acts like a shock absorber between the disks brings them back in line and even again. They also cut off the top ridge of the disks, to give more clearance around the spinal cord. You can have two different types of ruptures......one is caused by a slow seep of the jelly stuff, happens over a period of time, and usually shows up as a dog that hunches up when walking or squalls when you touch his back or pick it up, but they can usually still walk.....but they resemble a dog with a bad belly ache or a total rupture when it blows out all at once and imediate paralysis occurs. I forget the names they have for these two types of disk problems, but he blew his out and was instantly paralyzed......doing the typical dachshund thing. From the time he blew his back out, he was in surgery within an hour........so we certaily did not waste anytime as that little fellow was hurting bigtime........almost had to take the wife to the ER to get her some meds to calm her down.....I think she had a tougher time of it than Scooter did.......I have to admit, I was pretty broke up with it as well..jodyand said:I'm glad hes doing better. What did they have to do to the disks so he could walk?
I certainly had visons of him in a cart........and had started to gather up materials just incase, but the wife siad think positive......give him time and see how things turn out.........But your right, it would have been a slick cart, hand cast aluminum wheels w/pneumatic tires, mini shock absorbers made from gas struts, titanium frame for ultra light construction, my two friends and I had it all planned out if it became necessary. I can't weld Titanium with the equipment I have, but he could, so it was gonna be a first rate doggie cart........sixchows said:Hi Chip Glad to see you! Yes that was one of your last posts at TF from what I remember. I'm so glad things are going well! I was a little afraid he may be paralyzed when I read that first post. Although I'm sure he would have had the slickest doggie wheel chair imaginable!