The Dachshund can steal many hearts. From present day celebrities such as Adele, Ashley Olsen and Jack Black to those a little further back in time such as Brigitte Bardot, Andy Warhol and Picasso to name but a few, this steadfast breed has proven an ever-faithful companion. Although exuding a stoutness of heart inversely proportional to its size, the Dachshund carries a lethal weakness.
It was this weakness which reared its ugly head in the case of Julia Symons’ faithful companion, Wilbur. Julia, who runs the “Old Stores” Cafe and Curios shop in Tuddenham near Ipswich, had noticed Wilbur becoming progressively uncomfortable one weekend. Within twenty-four hours he was paralysed from the mid-back down. Orwell Veterinary Group, Wilbur’s usual vets, referred him directly to Christchurch Veterinary Referrals.
At CVR, MRI scans were run on Wilbur’s spine and these confirmed a massive intervertebral disc rupture, compressing his spinal cord. Decompressive spinal surgery was carried out forthwith and the ruptured disc was removed from Wilbur’s spinal cord.
Following a period of recuperation, Wilbur regained the full function of his spinal cord. Julia recounts: “Mr Morrison advised me that Wilbur had a good chance of recovery with surgery to remove disc debris and physiotherapy to help him walk again. It was all done at the referral centre; scans, surgery and physiotherapy. We are extremely lucky to have this in Ipswich”. We are all so pleased that Wilbur has made a full recovery.