Dachshunds are active dogs full of vital energy. Therefore, it is doubly sad to see how a couple of hours ago the running and galloping dachshund lay motionless. Unfortunately, it is the owners of dachshunds who frequently ask questions at forums and veterinarians about why the dachshunds refused their paws and how to help them.
The reasons for the refusal of the paw at the rate
Dachshunds are at risk for diseases of the spine. This is not surprising if we take into account its structure: it is disproportionately long with respect to short legs, there is a heavy load on it. Often you can see how playful dachshund literally twists like a spiral, actively running and jumping. There are other reasons that the dachshunds are suddenly denied paws. The most common causes of this unpleasant phenomenon:
- Consequences of trauma ;
- Diseases of internal organs;
- Diseases of the spine, among which discopathy is leading.
The key to successful treatment is directly related to the rapid and correct diagnosis. The worst consequences of paralysis occur when the dog is not treated for what it really is. From such treatment, her condition only worsens. By external signs to determine the true cause of the disease is impossible, you need to make various analyzes:
Consequences of trauma
Dachshunds are bully and jumpers, they like to fight, they jump with a height for their height. All this can lead to trauma, which at first seems insignificant, but then a bruise may appear on the site of the injury, which will increase and pinch the nerve. The time interval between trauma and paralysis can be significant, and the owners already have time to forget about the trauma.
To reduce the likelihood of injury, you need to save the dachshund from fights with large dogs, not to force them to jump through high barriers. As a rule, the consequence of the trauma is paralysis of the hind limbs only , and their sensitivity is not lost. The dachshund should be immediately shown to the doctor, if the dog had a trauma, then this fact should be mentioned, but do not insist that this is the only true cause of paralysis.
Diseases of internal organs
Dachshunds may refuse paws due to heart disease, liver, urogenital system. This may be a consequence of a micro-stroke , and a sick liver, and even an enlarged uterus. Precisely determine the cause of the test will help if the urine and blood are normal, and the ultrasound of the internal organs does not show pathological changes, then it's all about the problems with the spinal cord.
If a diseased internal organ is identified, then treatment should be started from it. Eliminate the cause of the disease, and the function of the limbs will recover.
Diseases of the spine
Among diseases of the spine discopathy is leading - this is a real scourge rate associated with genetic predisposition to the disease of intervertebral discs.
A simple X-ray can and does not show the pathology of the discs, for a precise analysis and establishment of a hotbed of disease make a special examination - myelography. Paralysis can be partial or complete, when the dog is completely immobilized.
This is due to changes in the structure and tissues of the intervertebral discs that are deformed, and the jelly-like contents of the disc are squeezed into the spinal cord. In addition to discopathy, paralysis of the paws leads to other diseases of the spine:
- Osteochondrosis ,
- Formation of a tumor in the region of the spinal column.
What should I do if my dachshunds have been denied
The paws of the dog can be denied suddenly, but most often this condition is preceded by various symptoms. The dachshund becomes inactive, does not like to be patted on the back and taken in hands, looks sad and depressed, begins to slightly shake the legs. In this case, one can not hope that everything will pass by itself.
The earlier the help is given to the dog, the better will be the prognosis of her recovery. Despair in any case is not worth it, because there are cases when fully immobilized dogs were put on their feet and brought them back to active life. Depending on the diagnosis, drug treatment is prescribed in the form of injections. A more radical case in the case of spinal diseases is an operation after which treatment is also continued.
In parallel, the dog is given a massage, during the recovery period, swimming is recommended, and training with the dog on returning her motor activity. All owners of the dachshund should remember that at home the paralyzed tax will not help. It is necessary to see a doctor, go through all the prescribed examinations to make an accurate diagnosis and begin timely treatment.