Whether your Dachshund has surgery or not, your dog will benefit from rehabilitation by a qualified canine rehabilitation therapist (either a Chartered Physiotherapist or Veterinary Surgeon). Services are usually available by referral from your own vet or referral specialist.
Canine rehabilitation consists of a thorough evaluation and a progressive treatment plan that addresses strength, range of motion, pain or discomfort, balance, coordination, quality of mobility and walking, and overall function. The therapy plan is continually re-evaluated over several weeks, updated and follows all restrictions set by the referring vet or specialist.
The therapy plan may consist of balance, coordination and strengthening exercises, manual therapies, gait retraining, acupuncture, joint mobilisation, and modalities such as laser, muscle stimulation, swimming or underwater treadmill.
Some elements of the therapy plan can be done at home by you, while others will require you to take your dog to the vet's or physiotherapist's surgery.
Crate rest for dogs: advice for vets by Dr. Marianne Dorn. Print a copy to give to your vet.
Walking with your recovering dog by Dr. Marianne Dorn.
Physiotherapy for a post-operative paralysed dog
Video from the DodgersList YouTube Channel
Sling walking your dog after surgery
YouTube video by Veterinary Specialist Centre (USA)
Note: Your vet will probably advise you to use a front harness which goes across the breastbone, rather than a collar. The back sling may also be able to be attached to the harness so you can walk your dog without any jarring. (GingerLead Support Sling)
Emergency symptoms during recovery
You need to keep an eye open for potential problems while your Dachshund is recovering from an IVDD incident. If your dog has any of these symptoms, call your vet for advice:
Why your Dachshund with IVDD should not see a Chiropractor
There's an article from DodgersList explaining why a Dachshund with back problems should not see a Chiropractor. The paper concludes with this: