Weʼre raising £1,000 to help raise funds for the charity Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD.
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My best mate, Sergio, was struck down with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) in January and became paralysed within hours. He had emergency surgery to remove the ruptured disc and was then put on a painfully slow 6 weeks of crate rest. After lots of physio and hydrotherapy he made a full recovery, but unfortunately 3 months later, another disc ruptured and Sergio was paralysed again. Four weeks into his crate rest and he was doing really really well, until one morning we woke to find him unable to walk. A third disc had blown and we were back to square one.
What is IVDD?
All dogs' discs degenerate with age, but degeneration of a dachshund’s discs happens much earlier than for dogs with normal length legs. They lose water and instead of being soft, spongey shock absorbers they literally crack under pressure.
This means that the jelly-like filling inside each disc can rupture, escaping out of the disc and pressing on the spinal chord. This stops messages from travelling down the spine and can lead to permanent paralysis. Immediate surgery is required before the nerve damage is too significant to reverse.
The cost of IVDD
We’re already doing all we can for our little sausage, but IVDD is a life changing disease that affects 1 in 4 dachshunds at one point in their life. French Bulldogs, bassett hounds, corgis, spaniels and poodles are also at high risk. Sergio has had particular bad luck needing 3 surgeries in 6 months, but thankfully we‘re able to pay for his operations and give him the after care he needs. Unfortunately many owners of dogs diagnosed with IVDD arent so lucky and they can’t afford the crazy bills for neurologists, MRIs, surgery and aftercare. With each surgery costing between £5,000 and £9,000 and many dogs needing multiple surgeries, it‘s devastating when you notice your dog’s back legs begin to wobble and realise another episode has occured. I can’t imagine how devastating it would be knowing you can’t afford to help them.
Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD
Thankfully an incredible charity exists called Dedicated to Dachshunds with IVDD. Run by Charlotte Baldwin, the charity offers everything from buggies, slings, wheelchairs, crates and other sanity-saving equipment for IVDD dogs and their owners.
The charity gave Sergio a buggy after his first operation and I can’t stress how much it helped us. Without it, Sergio would have been confined to a crate for 24 hours a day for 6 weeks - and we would have lost our minds. The buggy allowed us to take him out for fresh air and get out of the house ourselves.
At a loss of what more we can do to help Sergio, I’d like to try and raise £1000 to help Charlotte and all the other sausages suffering from this cruel and heartbreaking disease. If we even raise enough money to provide one buggy to someone doing all they can to get their dog walking again then it will be enough.
I’m going to be updating Sergio’s instagram account with his progress to raise awareness about the disease and hopefully show him beating it this time around: @sergiothesausage
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