Yesterday morning, right after putting together the post on Chip, WHN noticed that Tasha, Queen of the Unstuffed Stuffed Squeaky Toys was not herself. No barking at the neighborhood to tell them to get their lazy butts out of bed and get to work, no barking at Barney, no barking during breakfast to clear her lungs out- just quiet cuddle time Tasha. She did take care of business and ate her breakfast, but then whined until WHN picked her up and rolled her into a blankie and held her for a couple of hour (you try using a computer holding a large 13 lb sausage shaped blankie!) The quiet was unnerving as was the totally laid back Tasha. WHN of course panicked and got Her Majesty to the vet, leaving Chip and Anna Rose home to guard the fort (and yes, we made her pay for that) Our new vet, Dr. Medling gave her a thorough neurological exam- checking all four legs, spine and neck. Tasha has some discomfort in the middle of her spine, and her front legs, which are shorter than they should be and are turned out a little (not every one is a show dachshund!) Her neck is fine as are her rear legs. She is in no obvious pain- no yelping during the examination, just tightening up of her body. She is mobile and does not tuck her tail at all. She is now on crate rest and meds for two weeks and will have xrays at her follow up exam on October 10th. She may simply have sprained her back during regular activities, she may be experiencing the onset of the joys of arthritis. We will do what we have to for Her Majesty.
While we know that dachsies are prone to back issues, Tasha is the first one to actually have them while in our care. Thai came to us with loads of back and other health issues; Ginger had experienced two back episodes with crate rest and meds before coming to rule over us, Anna and Chip have yet to show signs of any back related issues.
She is ensconced in Ginger's pink mobile throne and covered in blankies to keep warm (she is the only member of the pack who loves to burrow under blankets) . She is on two meds- Tramadol three times a day and another twice a day, to be taken with food. We tried having her spend the night in the throne, but she was too restless so she slept at the foot of the bed, on her back as usual. WHN slept with her as she wanted to be held and pet until she fell asleep.
Please keep our Tasha in your prayers (and yes, her BFF Aunt Cindy knows!)
UPDATED!!! 0844 CST- In this latest photo- Tasha is modelling the latest crate rest technique, and yes it was approved by our vet! WHN had purchased a baby sling to use while administering Anna Rose's sub cutaneous fluids while Dad was gallivanting around St Louis and its breweries with his BFFFFF Puddles. WHN asked Dr. Medling if the sling could be used for crate rest since it would immobilize Tasha and Dr M said yes as long as Tasha did not mind- As you can see, Tasha is loving being held in her fleece and flannel blankie while in the sling! Maybe WHN can sew today, but housework is definitely out!