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Molly is at the vet for a probable partial herniated disc. I am beside myself. Please send any info any of you may have had for this problem. Why do my vet problems always occur on holiday weekends or when my vet is out of town?!.
 

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Thanks for the info Betsy, and the thoughts Barbara. I'll pick her up tommorrow am. This is breaking my heart. I feel so guilty and responsible....middle aged, a tad overweight, out of shape Basset (and me). My fault, or is it the 1 1/2 yr old 100 lb. Lab puppy playing with her??!! I don't know when this happenned. I'll be going to the specialist this week with her. Thank you both, Belinda.
 

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Oh, Belinda, don't feel guilty. We love them so much, but just can't control many of their health problems, hard as we try and as well meaning as we are.
Many years ago, I had a hound who had a herniated disc at a youngsih age--probably about 7 or so, I think. She lived to be 14 and 1/2, and with a long rest and medication, did fine, with no reoccurences that I can remember.
 

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Poor Molly! How bad is she?

I've had two hounds who had disc problems.
Myrtle had surgery the first time (at six), the second time she was eight and recovered without surgery. She lived to be 12 1/2 although she always walked like she was coming home from a bar.

Mouse, on the other hand, was in such incredible pain that I had to send her to the bridge.

BTW, Myrtle was resting under the bed when her back went the second time, and she was not overwieght. Sometimes it just seems to happen.
 

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I agree.....sometimes it justs happens. May be poor genes. Will be thinking of you both and hoping for a speedy recovery.

My lab Jack, was diagnosed at a little over a year old with having hip displasia....just poor genetics.
 
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Molly is home and seems to be doing well. I'm taking her for a MRI as soon as I can get an appointment. My Dad came today and took Stryker for the week. The calmer the household for her the better. She's on prednisone and I'm crating her. The vet seemed very optimistic. There is no paralysis and she's getting around fine. Barbara and Miriam, what procedures did you use with your dogs? Thanks so much everyone, Belinda.
 
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Molly is home and seems to be doing well. I'm taking her for a MRI as soon as I can get an appointment. My Dad came today and took Stryker for the week. The calmer the household for her the better. She's on prednisone and I'm crating her. The vet seemed very optimistic. There is no paralysis and she's getting around fine. Barbara and Miriam, what procedures did you use with your dogs? Thanks so much everyone, Belinda.
 

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Amber, my first basset experienced a herniated disc, when Kevin picked me and Buffet up at the airport from the 1999 Nationals. When he left the house to meet us she was fine, and when we got home, she wasn't using her back legs. :(

Because of her age and the fact that she hadn't lost the response to deep pain, we opted to treated her with steroids and crate rest. She responded well and was back up on her rear legs within about 2 weeks. She was never quite as strong on them as previously, but she never had a recurrence.

[ October 10, 2004, 10:24 PM: Message edited by: Betsy Iole ]
 

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The first treatment for Myrtle started with steroids, but when she didn't respond quickly to them the vet decided she needed the surgery (darned if I can remember what it was called, but it was freakin expensive). Afterwards I did physiotherapy and towel walking to get her back on her feet.

The second time we started with steroids and when she didn't respond quickly the vet told me she needed surgery again or she'd never walk again. I couldn't afford it a second time, but she was comfortable and continent so I decided to take her home and look into getting her a cart. I continued her physio and towel walking, and also gave her a homeopathic remedy (can't remember which one) on the theory that it couldn't hurt and the stuff is cheap. I did get her back up on her feet without surgery.
 

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When my Toby had a partially herniated disc we treated him with steroids and 1 month of crate rest. We also had a good response to acupuncture. He was not completely paralyzed but couln't walk without falling over. :( I think he was 11 and probably wouldn't have done surgery at his age. He died of unrelated causes a few months later.

Thanks for the update. Keep us posted.
 

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I had to put My male Basset Innkeeper down December last because of this very thing. He went lame in one day and was taken to the vet imediatly. x-ray's showed nothing. He was given steroins muscle relaxors and anti-biotics just in case. He did not repond at all and lost all response to pain or stimulation with in 3 days was completely incontinent and a very miserable dog. I made a very difficult desision to put him down at 10 years. It is amazing how fast he went. He left a female who had been with him since she was 7 weeks old. She is having a rough time ajusting and goes to his favorite midday relaxing place and howls for a couple hours every day. SHe is getting a little better I think but it has been a difficlut couple months for "the hounds".
 
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