A lot people would have seen the little dachshund being pushed around the town by his owner Nicci. So we decided to check on Teddy and how’s he getting on. We meet Teddy and Nicci in a sunny Rosebery Park and while walking around the park I asked Nicci about Teddy
WOIE: Hi Nicci my first question is what was wrong with Teddy and what happened?
NiccI: He has Intervertebral Disc Disease, or IVDD, which is a common condition in the spine that causes back pain, partial loss of function in the limbs, and in more severe cases like Teddy’s paralysis and loss of feeling.
He got ill in December 2019 last year there are 5 stages of IVDD. Stage 1 to 4 a dog has got an 80 percent chance of walking again but once they get to stage five which means they’ve got no deep pain sensation at all and there’s only a 50 percent chance that they’ll ever walk again and he went from stage 1 to stage five within 24 hours. One evening on the 8th of December. In the morning of the 9th we took him to the local vet and by lunchtime when I took him to the park he wasn’t running. So we crate rest him and then by 9 o’clock that night. My parents had him. I was at work and said that he wasn’t walking at all and was dragging himself around
So, we got an local emergency vet appointment in the middle of the night. He was then referred to Fitzpatrick’s, Supervet from the TV, for the following morning. We took him to Fitzpatrick’s at 8:00am and they then operated that day
Noel didn’t do the operation it was Joanna. She was amazing and she’s a lovely surgeon.
WOIE: Looking at him now. Where was the operation as there are no visible signs?
Nicci: You can see a little bit of his spines through his skin slightly where he had it. If you look carefully. IVDD is effectively as a slipped disc so the inside of that is pushes out into the spine cutting off the spine to brain communication. So they take out the bits that have come out to relieve the pressure on the spine, as far as I understand it, so he has no deep pain sensation.
WOIE: So you had the operation how long was the operation. How long was he with them for?
Nicci: It was a few hours. When they called me to tell me that it had gone well and he was he was okay and in recovery. He stayed there,I think, for about 10 days.But he was so depressed. We would go and visit him and he used to drag himself around and hide under things.
The operation was successful. He wasn’t in pain anymore but he lost all use halfway down his back he cannot wee on his own. So I have to express his bladder a few times a day for him. He can do poos himself but unsure if he knows if he needs to go.
He’s got a bit of control over it. So if he’s sitting with me on the sofa and he needs to go. He’ll whinge at me. Sometimes it takes me a little bit to work out what it is he is after but when I put him down on a mat he’ll do it. So he sort of knows when he needs to go.
WOIE: As we are walking around He’s got this wonderful little frame that he is now using. How did the frame come about?
NIcci: So they don’t like you to have wheels until. seven months after the operation Because they want to make sure they definitely can’t walk so he has hydrotherapy once or twice a week. I couldn’t get the wheels to August. My friend ran a 10K for 10 days to raise the money to pay for it. He raised for Teddy a thousand pounds towards the frame which cost £500 pounds. from company Walking Wheels.
WOIE: Walking with you around the park he gets a lot of attention does he have his own fan page?
Nicci: He is very popular. He has his own Instagram account which is @teddys_ivddlife
WOIE: Looking forward what’s the future for Teddy?
Nicci: He’s is six now so five when it all started which is the average age for dachshund for any problems to stat. There’s a Web site called Dachshund Health UK that explains IVDD and it states 5 is the average age they get it and sad to say it’s also the average age they die from it.
As we were walking around like any normal dog Teddy would stop and sniff and just go up to other dogs. Which with his wheel often frightens them and us expected some do react. So if you are out with your dog and see him please make sure you dog is under control. Nicci fully understands why dogs do it but on our walk one dog tried to jump on Teddy’s back.
Nicci would like to thank Fitzpatrick’s, Super Vet, and Pet Plan Insurance because it was them that paid for the operation.
One bit of advice from Nicci to anyone thinking about getting a Dachshund is get the right insurance. IVDD costs a lot of money if your dog gets it and it’s quite common in Dachshund.