The Story of Snitzel
Snitzel, an 11 year old Miniature Dachshund, presented to BRVS, Neurology Service for evaluation of acute onset of inability to use his hind limbs. Snitzel had a thorough neurologic exam that determined his spinal cord was affected somewhere at the mid-lower back area. Snitzel’s breed is the most common breed of dogs to herniate a disc.
Snitzel was anesthetized for an MRI that confirmed herniated discs and spinal cord compression over multiple disc spaces (T13-L3). Snitzel was kept under anesthesia and was taken to surgery right after the MRI. The surgery, a Hemilaminectomy, went very well. A large amount of disc material was cleaned away from the spinal cord. Removing the compression leads to improvement in blood supply, which helps the spinal cord to recover in the weeks following surgery. Snitzel stayed with us for a couple of days and was the perfect patient. We knew this guy was a gentleman and the sweetest dog, as he spent a day with us a year prior due to advanced glaucoma, which required the removal of his right eye.
Snitzel Recovering from Surgery
Snitzel went home after a couple of days to continue his recovery. His dedicated owners were so great during this period. He received physiotherapy, which helped with his recovery as well. On his recheck, just a few weeks after surgery, he was walking well and pain-free. It was so great to see this older little guy doing so well, and be back to his normal happy self.