1/8/2012 Clark continues to enjoy all the same fun things in life...his wheels just help him do it faster!
This is the 1st time Clark's
legs have moved when in
the cart. The question is if this is the beginning of spinal
walking or are the nerves regenerating? It's exciting either
way. It turns out this was a classic example of how
reflex actions work when stimuli of cold is
experienced. One leg will lift up to get avoid the
"noxious" stimulus, causing the other leg to go to the
ground. A very good explanation of how this works in
this graphic tutorial: http://bcs.whfreeman.com/thelifewire/content/chp46/46020.html
1/1/08 No signs of neuro functions returning yet. Clark just continues to take delight in everyday things: fluffy snow and eating bird seed.
5/26/2007 Clark enjoying perfect summer days. He still does ROM and PTs 3x daily.
4/4/07 Video of Clark scooting around the house wearing his butt padding.
3/21/07 Practicing wheelies on the front lawn
3/21/07 Clark completed crate rest. Added to his normal therapies and exercises is a daily 5 minute workout on his Eddie's Wheels going up and down the hallway in the house. Next week he'll graduate to 10 minutes/day outdoors in the front yard.
3/19/2007 Clark can stand on all fours for 8 minutes. Continuing bath tub water therapy, standing weight shifting, ROM and passive exercises.
3/13/07 Clark has 8 more days of crate rest. His back legs can now hold his standing weight for approx. 1 minute. I am hoping he will one day walk again but if that is not be, I can deal with that...he's still my happy, fun loving, spirted boy either way.
2/27/07 This is Clark's 5th week of bedrest, 3 more weeks to go. While doing this morning's PT, this is the first time Clark has been able to hold his weight while doing squats. 279 kb mov
1/24/07 This picture shows where the fracture (in green) happened Jan 24 and in red where part of the vertebra had been removed in order to access the ruptured disc during Jan 11 surgery. The bottom illustration shows what the Jan 24 MRI revealed a "fracture of the dorsal lamina of L1 noted compressing the spinal cord. Additionally, the L2 lamina was luxated [out of joint/dislocated] ventrally also compressing the spinal cord." No deep pain was present. Surgery was performed by neuro-surgeons Dr. Hicks, Dr. Chen, Dr. Wininger, Washington State Univeristy Vet School. Metal implants were used with bone cement to restabilize the fractured L1 spine.
1/11/07. Left hemilaminectomy on L1-4 discs with deep pain present.
10/6/06 Four-year old Clark diagosed with IVDD. Right hemilamenectomy surgery on T12-L1 with deep pain present. He had the ability to walk with support at the hospital. After 6 weeks of crate rest at home, his gait was normal. The couch and porches had ramps put in. Clark was featured in the WSU newsletter
A professionally-made cart is likely to be much better than a homemade cart in regard to pressure points, balance & stability. Be careful where the yoke/ harness sits on your dog, you do not want to cause pain or further injury with an IVDD dog. Check with your vet or other professional.
Exercise - therapy
° Disabled Dachshund Society Assn Disolved 12/31/07
Steroid Blasting with Solu-Medrol, Dex not used anymore
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Why is it soooo... important to buy a pup with the right pedigree to lessen chances of IVDD?
For the savy puppy buyer
• Dodgerslist message board Don't feel like you're alone, come join!
• Dodgerslist readings on caring for an IVDD dog.
• How to do crate rest
• Emergency signs Put on your fridge
• Questions to ask vet/surgeon
• What to expect before, during and after surgery
• Watch Tabby get on with life.
• Frankie the walk n'roll dog: always know all things are possible
° See wheelchair doxie competes in wiener dog race.