When 25-year-old Sarah Griffiths first decided to get a miniature dachshund, she knew the breed was susceptible to back issues because of their elongated bodies and short legs.
But when the Birmingham, England, resident first brought Poppy home with her as a tiny puppy, she didn’t expect to be faced with the difficult decision of either euthanizing her new best friend or taking care of a disabled dog. Fortunately for Poppy, her kind-hearted and caring mom refused to put her down when a spinal condition left her paralyzed from the waist down.
Though the now six-year-old pup’s mobility is more limited than when she was younger, Griffiths says she’s still just as happy.
After being diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease, which causes discs to press on nerves running through the spinal cord, Poppy “just gradually stopped walking. She’d take a few steps and sit down until eventually she didn’t get up at all, not even to go to the toilet,” Griffiths said. “I was told Poppy could have surgery, but there was only a 50 percent chance of it working, and it would involve lots of painful recovery.”
Griffiths ultimately decided against surgery and euthanasia, opting instead to put Poppy on cage rest, which unfortunately didn’t improve the pup’s condition.
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