Joey is a 4-1/2 year old 13 pound mini-dachshund who
lives with us, our two other dachshunds and a papillon in Northern Illinois.
Joey has always been an active and very healthy dachshund. As our Frankie,
Joey also comes from the same conformation breeder in Wisconsin and has a
Joey's First Symptoms
Joey's first symptoms were very vague on the morning of January 5, 2008. It was very subtle, little things, such as he was walking a little slower, he didn't want to get up on the 2 inch living room cushion. He didn't want to walk up the small outdoor ramp. And he didn't want to be outside in our 60 degree day! While practicing some obedience heeling, I saw he wasn't interested in going over the 4" jump, but walked around it. That was enough for me! I kept him quiet for the rest of the weekend, and we saw our regular vet
Dr. Junkas from Wright Animal Hospital
After a neurological exam and x-rays, it was agreed that we see a surgeon as soon as possible. We had an appointment with
Dr. Mitch Robbins from Veterinary Specialty Center, in Buffalo Grove,
one of the best facilities with the best surgeons in our area.
Surgical Day - Tuesday - January 8, 2008Dr. Robbins saw Joey's X-Rays from Wright Hospital agreed that there was a back issue and an MRI was done. Shortly after the MRI results, Dr. Robbins called me saying that Joe had a rupture at T-10-11 and he would immediately operate and perform a hemilaminectomy and
fenestration from T-10 to L-4.
As of the surgical day, Joey was slightly weak in the back legs, but still walking, and we wanted him operated on as soon as possible. The operation started about 1:30PM and the surgeon said he
would call within 3 hours.
When the surgery was over, the Doctor called me, Joey had come through the surgery OK, and said to call back
in the evening for another report.
At 9PM that night, I talked to Dr. Robbins and he said Joey had
stood up and took some wobbly steps, he was very pleased.
I was able to visit Joey that next day and was surprised as to the big lump on his back, I was informed that it was only surgical swelling and would soon go away. The next day, the lump was gone. I was also shocked to see Joey walking wobbly, it scared me but I was assured it was normal. The next day, Joey would go home, about 48 hours after surgery!
Going Home - Thursday - January 10, 2008
Our first night home was hectic. Joey was a little wild and didn't want to rest. He slept in a
crate at the foot of my bed and cried most of the night. The next day, he was more subdued,
more relaxed and that night I brought him in my
Joey will remain in his 'recovery suite' for the next
six weeks. He had his bed within an ex-pen,
potty pads, some bones and water.
He is quite comfortable and comes out of his crate
if he should have an accident.
Feb 24, 2008, 7 weeks Post-op, Joey's first time out of his crate, and he sits in the sunshine with his doxie Family!
Joey has Back Surgery, January 8, 2008
1st Day Home, Recovery and Physical Therapy
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** August 2011!!! Oh NO!! Not Again!!!!
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Joey's condition and medical progress
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I had much encouragement and support from
many good friends, I wish to thank all of
them for helping me through this
I also belong to the support group that I joined
after Frankie's surgery.
The group is a wealth of knowledge and support, it is
I highly recommend DODGERSLIST!
Our Thanks to all at Dodgerslist for such
wonderful and encouraging support!
For more information about disc disease
in dachshunds, go to Dodger's List
Back Disorders Information
Also see our Frankie's Surgical Page,
Frankie had back surgery in 2003 Frankie's Surgery
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