They’re back. Actually they got back and Vince wanted to go eat Chinese . . ugh . . but I did it since he’d been brave and took Speck to the vet for me.
I wasn’t at the vet so what I’m repeating is the info I got from Vince and Chad. They did x-rays and the problem is just at the base of his neck. The vet said this is pretty common in dachshunds. In a younger dog, they would recommend surgery. Speck is 10-1/2 years old, though the vet thinks he’s not a day older than 6 years old and I truly don’t think he believes me when I tell him Speck will be 11 in June. Due to his age and the tummy problems he already has, that we’ve thought twice now he would not survive, the vet doesn’t recommend surgery. He said the life expectancy of a dachshund is about 13 years. I know many have lived longer but many have lived shorter lives so 13 years is about average.
We have meds — pain pills and an anti-inflammatory med. The instructions are no jumping, no stairs. We’ve never let him go up stairs and have a baby gate at the bottom but he often sneaks down the stairs and will sit at the bottom and whine til I open the gate for him. If he and I are alone, I’ll carry him downstairs with me but if he’s sitting with Vince, I leave him upstairs and eventually, he wants to come down. So, for now, we’ve blockaded the top of the stairs. Not very attractive but it works. (Thanks for the big box, Amazon!)
Once Speck feels better, he’ll figure out a way to shove the box out of the way. Maybe we’ll stick a brick or two in it. We’ll figure out something but for now, he has no interest in jumping or walking or going up or down the stairs.
We may have to give him the meds for a month and that’s it or they may become maintenance meds. We’ll hope for the best and we’ll be very careful with his jumping .. which may mean removing the sofa and chairs from the living room! 🙂
We do have a ramp which we had used when he was younger but then he totally quit using it and was jumping up and down from the sofa so we took the ramp down but we’ve put it back. Attractive, huh?
It’s supposed to have a carpet but we can’t find that piece so we’ll have to get a remnant and re-carpet the ramp! Not only will you not be seeing Vince or Judy in fashion magazines but my living room will never grace the cover of the decorating magazines . . not with this ramp in the living room.