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Trotyl, You can search on this site for our experience with IVDD. I described it in detail about a year ago under the Doberman Health threads. Our symptoms were identical to what you described with Samson.
He was totally paralyzed. Had to carry him into vet for the MRI. He had the ventral slot hemilaminectomy. It was 12 weeks strenuous care post op just teaching him to walk again.
That was almost exactly one year ago. I hope I never see that again. My understanding is you still have to be careful or they could reinjure themselves. Most especially rough play between other dogs.
Also, healing and therapy continues for 1 yr to 18 months after surgery, so swimming, walking, massage is very good for him during this time.
"Lots of people talk to animals...Not very many listen, though...That's the problem. " ~ The Tao of Pooh