I can't believe that after going through spine surgery with Sam, that I don't have any spine information up here! Eeesh!
Ok, I'm going to remedy that with a whole slew of reliable resources to find out about spine issues, how they are diagnosed, treated, etc.
Sam blew out his spine on Christmas day in 2006 simply by jumping up on his back legs and twisting wrong. I blogged his recovery each day, so if you want to go searching in the archives for that, it's a day by day recovery freaking out fun fest.
If you should ever find yourself in that situation (and seriously, I hope you never do), here are resources to help you along... and feel free to join us on Facebook. We can freak out together.
First off, a good article from Whole Dog Journal about actually recognizing spine issues. It's not all about a paralyzed back end, there are tell tale ways to recognize that your dog may be developing arthritis or other ailments of the spine, simply by the way they walk.
Whole Dog Journal "Signs That Your Dog is Suffering From Spinal Problems".
Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE)
Granulomatous Meningoencephalitis GME is actually a central nervous system/ brain disease, but it may present itself as a spine issue.
Urinary Incontinence - Could be a myriad of other issues (including urinary tract infection, bladder, infection, etc.) but once again, it may present itself as a spine issue
Intervertebral Disk Disease (Hansen Type I Disk Disease and Hansen Type II Disk Disease) Great article on cause, what it is, how its treated, how to care for your dog, etc. This is also the most common cause of back problems in Dachshunds.
Dodger's List is an excellent resource about Intervertebral Disk Disease, and geared toward Dachshunds, but can be used for all breeds! Highly recommended!
Cervical Stenosis (aka: certival vertebral instability, cervical spondylopathy, or Wobbler Syndrome)
How to care for a dog with Degenerative Myelopathy (video)
Excellent blog that lists a LOAD of good resources for Degenerative Myelopathy
Handicapped Pets physical therapy information
Possible causes of sudden paralysis
Assist aids, carts, splints, and oodles and oodles of good information and support groups over at Handicapped Pets
Carts, braces, splints, and good, helpful and caring people over at Eddie's Wheels