I've been going through info I've received from dog owners who have been able to get through the toughest part of this battle, when it seems the dog is getting worse, not better, after the spinal tap. There are no guarantees, but some have made it. From what I have read, intense TLC, love and affection can make a big difference. Follow your instincts. Other tips from owners, and please add your own insights, suggestions and experiences:
Keeping the dog quiet and sedated for the first two weeks after the procedure is key.
To control the seizures:
Valium -- can be given rectally if you cannot give it by mouth.
Morphine for dogs
To help repair the nerve damage:
fat soluble b1/b12 vitaminshttp://www.mcvitamins.com/neuropathy.htm
For more insight:http://www.dachshundrescuesouthflorida. ... Romeo.html
From Dr. Sears about B vitamins:
As to your B vitamin question. B vitamins, it seems, stimulate the growth of cells, especially viral cells. So., any addition to the system allows for increased replication of said cells. Enough said. Don't use B vitamins.
Vitamins ONLY have an effect when there is a deficiency. C has no effect, A can be used to help reduce scaring caused by viral disease in the skin, NOT A CURE. All the B's are thought to enhance the replication of viral diseases. None, No vitamin is known to enhance the growth of neural tissue. Sorry. Doc
Another tip: Tramadol may help with the bad neck pain that may follow the NDV spinal tap. http://dog-care.suite101.com/article.cf ... treat-pain