Hello. My name is Rocky. I am four years old and I live with the Verhage family.
I got an hernia in June, making an incorrect move while trying to jump on a chair. The hernia left me paralysed and I couldn’t even urinate anymore. The Dachshund helpline directed my owner to Dr. Aharon in Noorden, in the hope that she could save the situation.
My hernia was serious, but not hopeless. As it appeared later, on a scale of 1 till 5, I was situated on 4 (almost 5). Dr. Aharon readjusted my vertebral notches, positioning them back in the right place. After that, I was ordered to have a long and complete rest, which I did without much protest. My owners had to catheterise me three times per day, and after eight days, I was able to pee on my own. I still had to rest for a long while, so that I can later put some effort into my recovery.
After two weeks of rest, I managed to stand and to walk a bit. My owners then bought me a rear-support sling so that I can exercise some more by getting extra support. With this sling I was more stable standing up, and that was already good practice for me.
After seven months, I could walk reasonably well. Dr. Aharon gave us hope, saw the progress that I made and advised us to get dog swimming therapy, which I happily did that night. I am not afraid of the water, and it went very smoothly.
In the meantime, as my situation improved, the severity of my hernia decreased to level 1.
Together with my friend, Donja, my owner’s Beagle, I have a great time.
A long walk is still not as easy as it should be, but that is also improving. My owner got an ambulation cart made especially for me, so that I can go exploring with Donja a bit further. It took some getting used to, but now I find it great and I can play with other dogs.
I can walk already quicker now on my own, but I have to pay attention and make sure that I put down my legs correctly, otherwise my paw nails slide. When I get tired, my back gets a bit round, but resting by Donja’s side makes everything better again.
I’m not there yet, but with help from with my owner, things are improving. I’m happy about that and I thank everyone who lent me a helping hand.