It’s not uncommon for Dachshunds to become very weak or paralysed following an IVDD episode. Some may not be able to move their legs at all and others may be able to move their hind legs but unable to take proper steps (drunk walking)
Without any assistance, these dogs either fall or drag their hind legs along the ground when trying to walk. It’s not advisable to let your dog drag itself along. Firstly, dragging can injure the skin where it scrapes along the ground. Secondly, your dog will find it very hard to walk properly again once it’s got into the habit of dragging itself along.
A good way to learn to walk is to be given some physical support while attempting to walk. By doing this you are keeping your dog out of harm’s way and also re-training the action of walking. PS: don’t forget sure you pop your dog on a lead as well to control your hound’s enthusiasm!
Slings can be something as simple as a dressing gown cord, towel, tights (pantyhose) or specialised harness such as GingerLead (available on DISA shop https://www.ivdd.org.au/product/gingerlead-support-sling-mini-unisex/).
More examples of sling walking and helpful links can be found on our website https://www.ivdd.org.au/rehab-101/
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