Paralyzed - Warning about getting a dachshund online
We bought a puppy off the internet. There were cute adorable pictures of the dog in cute poses with cute stuffed animals and we fell in love. The site had testimonials and even statements saying they guaranteed the health of the dog. I didn't notice at the time that most testimonals were from people who only received their dog in the past year.
The seller actually shipped the dog by plane from another province. This was very traumatizing to the puppy. A huge red flag.
The seller never sent the so-called CKC papers. The puppy came with funny marks on his skin. Our vet diagnosed a skin disease as well as giardia. When I complained and quoted the guarantee, she said to ship him back. This would traumatize him even more and we had already bonded with him. I couldn't imagine doing such a thing. We kept him.
Long story short: my beautiful miniature dachshund developed IVDD by the age of four, even though we took all precautions to keep him healthy, trim, not let him jump and excercise him regularly. It started with the occassional yelping during a walk. Sometimes his rear foot would seem to seize up when walking outside, which I thought was due to cold weather. Soon after, he woke up one day completely paralyzed in the lower half. The vet said it was due to poor breeding.
Bottom line: Do not buy a dog off the internet, even if the site looks professional, even if there are testimonals and guarantees. I want to save anyone the heartache of what we went through, and what my beautiful little dachshund went through. It was my worst nightmare to see my dog dragging his lower body around, unable to walk. It will also cost you dearly: $1000 for the xrays, $3000 for the MRI, $10,000 for surgery and countless tears. I still remember my dog traumatized and crying all the way home from the emergency veterinary clinic.
One last piece of advice: if your dog becomes paralyzed due to IVDD, do not put him in a wheel-kart right away. Be very careful and try the conservative crate-rest treatment before anything (if not going the surgical route). Follow instructions on http://www.dodgerslist.com/ for conservative treatment and follow it exacty and you may have a chance of seeing your dog wag his tail or walk again.