Hello all, I'm new to the forum as of today. So, I guess this is a bit of an introduction too. My name is Rocco and I'm living in sunny Florida with my 8 lb miniature dachshund, Sophie. Pleasure to meet all of you! I noticed recently some weakening in her back legs and an x ray today revealed IVDD. She showed me the pictures and one of Sophie's discs has calcium-ified (couldn't remember correct term). The doc also showed me towards Sophie's tail that part of the spine fused together. She ordered 3 weeks strict crate rest and tramadol (50 mg, half pill every 12 hour) as well as a anti-inflammatory medicine (prescribed last week before the IVDD was diagnosed). She wants to see how Soph responds to the crate rest and wants to reevaluate her in 3 weeks. She was talking about giving a pain medicine as well as a medicine for nerve damage (Sophie showed no signs of nerve damage during examination, just a precaution) but decided not to as she showed me a printout that advised against those medicines in early IVDD as it can make the dog wan to be more active and of course the goal is rest. I'm here to ask ANY help or suggestions as how to help treat this. If anyone has had a dog with IVDD I'd really love your input. I was also wondering if the vet's care plan seem satisfactory? I'd do anything to prevent a disc from rupturing. I love my dog so much. So far it's just hard to see her have some problems walking; we'd go on hour long walks! And keeping her confined in a crate for 3 weeks...I hope she doesn't think she's being punished. She's my little shadow and would follow me alll over. I sincerely thank everyone for taking the time to read this. ANY and ALL help is appreciated. God bless EDIT: Btw, Soph is around 6 years old.