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I have a 5 year old dachshund named Oakie. 3 weeks ago we woke up to him hunched up in pain then by the next morning he couldn’t walk. I took him to the vet and they told me he only has a 50 % chance of ever walking again.
At the start of this on week one he has no feeling at all in his hind legs. You could pinch his toes and he had no feeling at all.. on week two he wagged the tip of his tail a little and when given a bath he would shake his whole body to get dry. He also started licking and biting his hind legs and can stand if you help with his balance. Now week 3 when I pinched his foot he jerks away and bends his leg!
I don’t want to be getting my feelings up but I want to know if these are good improvements or am I just hoping to much?
I am not a vet but the signs you describe sound like good improvements to me. Pinching the foot could mean he is feeling it, however there is also something called the "draw away reflex" so it's hard to say on that one. But the licking and biting sounds positive, and standing is good, although right now rest would be recommended, nothing active.
If you are doing conservative treatment (no surgery, just rest and medication) then crate rest would be for 8 weeks, and should be very strict. If he's 3 weeks now, then he'd be resting till...5 more weeks...around November 5? In the crate 24/7, only out to potty (or bathing or changing the bed). Have you looked at the information on http://www.Dodgerslist.com?
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