Does your dog suffer from Canine Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) and or just plain old back pain?
Canine intervertebral disc disease (called I.V.D.) is a common orthopedic problem seen by veterinarians.
It is estimated that one in five dogs suffer from intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) and back pain.
Basically just like humans, dogs disc can degenerate, the disc like cushions which lie between the bony vertebrae in the spine which are normally soft and cushy that allow for all movement: like walking, running and jumping begin to harden and activity becomes more difficult and at times debilitating
Disc disease does not only come with age, it can be associated with an active life style, an accident, obesity, poor diet and there are certain breeds that are prone to disc degeneration with an onset as early as 6-12 months of age.
Disc degeneration is a hidden disease for the most part.
It can be a slow undetectable process or it can be acute and happen in a moment.
I have personal experience with both types with my own dogs.
With one, he was running and jumping to greet me at the door and in the next moment he was on the floor unable to move his rear legs due to a disc rupture and remained paralyzed for the rest of his life.
With another, I noticed that he became hesitant to jump up on the couch, a chair, the bed and unfortunatly because of my prior experience I knew this was a red flag. At the young age of 3 spinal degeneration had already begun.
For the lucky pet guardians there can be signs, red flags to alert you that something is just not right and for others there are no signs at all.
There is so much information on( IVVD) on line, I suggest you do a bit of homework or at least look up ” the list of what dog breeds are more prone to this disease”.
Your dog/s challenges become your challenges.
The most important thing is timing: when you see something at all unusual with your pets movement or you can see they have discomfort get them to your vet. The sooner you find a potential problem the better the odds of correction
- Veterinarian treatment may involve surgery, anti-inflammatory and or pain medications.
- Acupuncture is an amazing treatment that helps relieve pain and inflammation, allowing more ease of movement.
- Massage : Moves inflammation and allows for the muscles to relax.
- Rest and confinement to allow the body to heal, so re-injury does not occur
The most difficult challenge is restricting movement and offering support.
If you have already experienced or currently have a dog that suffers from back pain, there is a great product I was introduced to called Wiggleless.
WiggleLess® dog back brace helps to stabilize the spinal column and restricts unwanted movements that may exacerbate underlying spinal injuries.” states founder Lisa Luckenbach.
The vet-recommended and patented WiggleLess® dog back brace design offers back stability, firm support, and stress relief for your dog.
•“As a Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulator, I work with many dogs who are prone to back issues, but are active and happy as a result of WiggleLess®. It is priceless because of the firm back support it provides and its prevention of further injury and pain. WiggleLess® back brace for dogs can help any dog with back pain by helping to support the spine during recovery from injury or surgery. I recommend WiggleLess® for my animal patients who suffer from back pain of any sort.”
Dr. D’Anira Wiseman
B.S., D.C., A.H.T.
To learn more about IVDD and how Wiggleless may be just the ticket you are looking for go to www.wiggleless.com
A few other sites they recommend
Canine Intervertebral Disc Disease
Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) in Dogs | Symptoms & Types
Thank you to the founder/inventor Lisa Luckenbach because of her love & passion Wiggleless was born.