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Double trouble for Dachshund Duo

We’d like to introduce these two Dachshund Cross “brothers” who we feel both deserve to feature on our courageous pets page! Both dogs have been seen at our referral centre over the last few months for different reasons.

Kipper was presented to our A+E service one weekend after suddenly becoming completely paralysed on his back legs. The emergency vet suspected a serious spinal problem and referred Kipper to one of our orthopaedic surgeons.

Neurological examination localised the problem and x-rays, including myelography, confirmed that Kipper had “Intervertebral Disc Disease”(IVDD), commonly referred to as a slipped disc. Due to the severity of his spinal cord injury, decompressive surgery was recommended to give him the best chances of recovery.

A hemilaminectomy was performed to remove extruded disc material that was compressing his spinal cord.

He stayed in hospital for 5 days after surgery, whilst being nursed as a paralysed patient. When he was able to urinate unaided, our nurses discharged Kipper and showed his owner how to support his hind-legs with the use of a towel as a sling and demonstrated some physiotherapy exercises for his owner to be doing with him at home.

He regained the ability to stand and walk about 10 days after his surgery and we then arranged a program of hydrotherapy as part of his rehabilitation. Kipper came for 10 hydrotherapy sessions and made great progress, his strength and muscle mass improved and he was able to exercise comfortably with his owner, who was very happy with the results. We are verypleased to report that Kipper is now back to his usual playful self!

Great work Kipper!

Toby, an 8 year old dog was examined by one of our ophthalmologists towards the end of 2014 after he was referred to Woodcroft Referrals by his own veterinary practice.

Unfortunately, Toby had cataracts in both eyes causing visual problems.

Toby underwent bilateral cataract surgery to remove both of his white lenses. Initially, surgery was a success and Toby’s vision was restored. However, we are sad to say that subsequently, Toby went onto develop vision threatening glaucoma in both eyes - an uncommon complication of canine cataract surgery.

Sadly, despite our ophthalmologist’s best efforts, and fantastic care from his owner, Toby recently lost his vision.

Although his owner had initial worries about how Toby would cope without his eyesight, he has adapted well and is even back to his favourite game of chasing pigeons: now that is a true courageous pet! Well done Toby and to his owner for showing the upmost care and support.

Thank you to Kipper and Toby’s owners for allowing us to share their stories.

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