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bubba
January 27th, 2015, 06:23 PM
MM took Oscar the wiener dog to the vet yesterday. Neither of us thought he'd be coming home. Well, come home he did. Seems he has two herniated discs. Luckily for us he eats anything, so giving him muscle relaxers and prednisone is no problem. However, keeping in his bed is, so we have had to move his kennel out to the TV room and he is confined to that....FOR SIX WEEKS!!! Plus he can't go up and down the stairs during that time so we have to carry him (in a most special way) up and down 15 steps several times a day so he can go out....well, actually only when he is awake. Yesterday he was quite antsy, but I think the muscle relaxants have caught up to him and today he has been asleep all morning and so far this afternoon.

The vet was positive this would work and then said if it didn't we should try acupuncture. Well, this put bad ideas into MM's head and he is now thinking that I need to go have that done on my ankle!!!! I swear he smoked drugs between the vet and our house. There really can't be any other explanation for it!!

Jean Sewing Machine
January 27th, 2015, 06:29 PM
My daughter's dog has this problem. But he is the runt in a home with two other big unruly dogs. I'm not sure if he will ever get better, but he is hanging in there! Hope your wiener boy gets better!

Grandma G
January 27th, 2015, 06:31 PM
MM took Oscar the wiener dog to the vet yesterday. Neither of us thought he'd be coming home. Well, come home he did. Seems he has two herniated discs. Luckily for us he eats anything, so giving him muscle relaxers and prednisone is no problem. However, keeping in his bed is, so we have had to move his kennel out to the TV room and he is confined to that....FOR SIX WEEKS!!! Plus he can't go up and down the stairs during that time so we have to carry him (in a most special way) up and down 15 steps several times a day so he can go out....well, actually only when he is awake. Yesterday he was quite antsy, but I think the muscle relaxants have caught up to him and today he has been asleep all morning and so far this afternoon.

The vet was positive this would work and then said if it didn't we should try acupuncture. Well, this put bad ideas into MM's head and he is now thinking that I need to go have that done on my ankle!!!! I swear he smoked drugs between the vet and our house. There really can't be any other explanation for it!!

Tell MM that needles are for sewing and not for stabbing. Be aware if he comes home with a little bitty doll that resembles you with a pin sticking out of it!! Just saying... lol

K. McEuen
January 27th, 2015, 06:38 PM
My old wiener dog, Spike, had the back issues. I kept him in his crate, carried him outside in his crate, opened the door, let him go potty, made him get back in the crate, repeat several times a day. If I was going to be in one spot for a while I would let him out to lay on one of his beds, but that is the only place he was to go and he knew it. Keeping him confined/immobile for the most part for several weeks worked wonders.

Learner quilter
January 27th, 2015, 06:41 PM
Grandma G .. I was thinking the same, Voodoo doll....

Midge
January 27th, 2015, 06:54 PM
Hey quilty people, don't knock acupuncture if you haven't tried it.....

Eriepatch
January 27th, 2015, 06:56 PM
Pat, we do whatever it takes for our pets. They are there for us whatever we need if they can be.
I have heard people that have done acupuncture can have remarkable results. FWIW, my ankle
hurts 24/7 but I can walk so I'm thankful for that! Have MM get the voodoo doll and try the ankle
area and see if it helps :)

Marta
January 27th, 2015, 07:03 PM
Do try the acupuncture . my friend' s dog has just started and seems to be getting relief. My daughter suffered for two years with tendonitis in her shoulder, did PT, cortisone, ect. Ect. Two sessions of acupuncture and the pain was gone

Carrie J
January 27th, 2015, 07:11 PM
Pat, Dachsie's are known for this due to that extra vertebrae in their spine. Ours did the same, as did my Sister's. The treatment plan works, but keeping the lil boogers quiet and calmed down is the chore! Kennels worked best for both of us. They get used to it quickly though, thank goodness, hope Oscar gets well SOON! I'm seriously at about the point to think about acupuncture, as the PCP AND the Ortho Doc can't decide if I have a rotator cuff tear, bursitis, tendoniits, whatever!!! Rashafrasha!

meliswan
January 27th, 2015, 07:31 PM
At least he is small. My 60 lb dog had acl surgery last year and he was not allowed to use the stairs for 6 weeks! We had to carry his butt for him while he used his front to walk the stairs. That was a long six weeks. We installed a baby gate to keep him from using the stairs on his own and to keep our other pup who recently went blind due to cataracts from falling down the steps.

Pandabear
January 27th, 2015, 07:36 PM
Ah poor guy. My dogs and I will go out and play a bit in Oscar's honor since he is confined for the moment.

By the by.... A friend of mine would take her Yorkie to a chiropractor for his back.

irishrn
January 27th, 2015, 07:59 PM
Pat, don't overlook accupuncture for Oscar! It has been very benificial for spinal injuries in the wiener type dogs!
And for your ankle, it couldn't hurt either! :-)

Doloris
January 27th, 2015, 08:53 PM
that is what my DS's girlfriend is studying to be. She takes her elderly large dogs to her acupuncturist and she says it helps them. They still have problems, but it seems to ease it quite a bit. I will send Lisa and her needles out for your ankle.
Honestly, those needles are so fine and thin that when they go in about 1/32 of an inch, you can hardly feel them, kind of like a mild bee sting. TRY IT!!!!!!!

lapeoples
January 27th, 2015, 09:03 PM
We use acupuncture for the horses and it works really well. We have also used a chiropractor very successfully.

Equilady
January 27th, 2015, 09:17 PM
I know for a fact that Acupuncture can work. My husband had so much pain in his wrists, knee and hip that he was near tears. A friend of his recommended an acupuncturist and Bill went and for the last 6 months has been pretty much pain free. I say pretty much because he quit going for a couple months when he was feeling really good. Then the cold set in and he went fishing so now the wrists are acting up. But he's started back and is feeling better.
One point is that this acupuncturist is also a licensed neurosurgeon.

Grandma G
January 27th, 2015, 09:27 PM
Hey quilty people, don't knock acupuncture if you haven't tried it.....

Aw, Midge, you know I was just pulling Bubba's leg, don't you??

I've heard wonderful things about acupuncture but I have a ridiculous aversion to needles (not the quilty kind). I got a shingles shot today and you would have thought they were trying to do open heart surgery. Yikes! Last November my optometrist told me I needed cataract surgery and referred me to a specialist. My dh has been hounding me every day to call and make the appointment. I finally broke down yesterday and did and they can't even get me in for the evaluation until March. I call that a reprieve but my dh calls it something else...

alliek
January 27th, 2015, 09:50 PM
I agree with Midge, I'd give acupuncture a try. It works, if done by a qualified acupuncturist. (for both the dog and your ankle!)

Simply Quilting
January 27th, 2015, 10:05 PM
Poor furbaby.

Sandy Navas
January 27th, 2015, 10:23 PM
Acupuncture for Wienie Dogs:

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I sure hope Oscar feels better real soon.

bubba
January 27th, 2015, 10:57 PM
After reading these last posts, all I can think of is the movie Baby Boom when she faints and comes to in the cute doctors office, only to find out he is really a vet!!!!

Ahamblin
January 27th, 2015, 11:00 PM
We use acupuncture for the horses and it works really well. We have also used a chiropractor very successfully.
We did too. Worked wonders for my daughter's show hunter.

laura44
January 27th, 2015, 11:01 PM
My wiener dog Bubbles is going thru the same thing. I was told she has to be on
muscle relaxers forever. They do seem to help, but she can no longer jump on
our bed. Wish she was a kennel dog but that never happened. I read that
1 in 3 wiener dogs have back trouble. Hope your doggie feels better soon.

Momama
January 28th, 2015, 02:53 AM
Pat, Dachsie's are known for this due to that extra vertebrae in their spine. Ours did the same, as did my Sister's. The treatment plan works, but keeping the lil boogers quiet and calmed down is the chore! Kennels worked best for both of us. They get used to it quickly though, thank goodness, hope Oscar gets well SOON! I'm seriously at about the point to think about acupuncture, as the PCP AND the Ortho Doc can't decide if I have a rotator cuff tear, bursitis, tendoniits, whatever!!! Rashafrasha!

Carrie, I have bursitis, very painful in both hips, not much you can do for it, if I do a lot of walking, like amusement park walking I bring my scooter. Now were you talking about acupuncture for the bursitis? Because if so, I'm in, steroid shots were painful and only lasted about 3 wks. I only got one done, I wanted to kick the doc because it hurt so bad .He ask if I wanted to do the other hip, I said no, I'm good! But that's something I might be interested in.

bubba
January 28th, 2015, 03:07 AM
Steroid shots for the back are crap.....I thought that hurt....until I got the one in my foot! OMG!! I had to call in sick to work for three days. I had a bruise on my heel about 2" across for about two weeks. I finally had to put my ortho boot back on for a couple weeks just so I could get around. When I was home I'd use crutches just to take that boot off. I would never EVER get one of those in my foot again!!! NEVER!!!!