Leo's IVDD Recovery

Leo is a 4 and a half year old dachshund (sausage dog) who is an energetic and loving dog, that is always up for cuddles with his favourite humans.

One week before Christmas 2019, we came home to find him unable to move like he usually would.  We rushed him to the vet and the next day he was scanned and diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)* and underwent spinal surgery with a specialist vet as soon as possible.  His recovery was unexpectedly slow in hospital, and he eventually stayed for two and a half weeks.   Leo has since returned home but still cannot walk unassisted and is experiencing incontinence.  

Leo will require physiotherapy, modifications to the environment (ramps, gates for stairs, and new beds), and specialist appointments for the foreseeable future. We are lucky that some appointments will be covered by insurance, though the remaining costs are outside of my capacity at this time.  His current limitations means he needs lots of support during the day and night.  He is expected to recover well, though may never be 100% again.

His human/s have always been prepared with pet insurance as this is a genetic disorder.  Unfortunately the timing of his illness means money is extremely tight and left us in debt trying to cover the subsequent fees that are not covered by pet insurance.

Leo is a character, full of energy and personality.  He has always done his own thing, and is the center of his owner's world.   His cheekiness and affection has bought a lot of humour and joy to the dog lovers he meets.  I would be so grateful for any support, as I want my little guy to recover as best as he can.  

I understand not everyone can assist financially, but even just sharing this post helps greatly.  Leo's little family would be very grateful for anyone who can donate or share this post.

You can follow Leo's recovery journey on his Instagram www.instagram.com/leothesausdog  - I will also post updates on this page.

"IVDD is Intervertebral Disc Degeneration. It is commonly referred to as intervertebral disc disease, but to be clear, it is a genetic disorder that causes a disease process in the intervertebral discs of the spinal cord.  1:4 dachshunds are now affected by IVDD. What happens over time is that the consistency, which is normally very watery, begins to dry out and is more or less replaced with cartilage which sometimes leads to calcification.  It’s actually the genetics of the short legs, not the long backs of dachshunds, that predisposes them to IVDD (https://www.ivdd.org.au/).


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