Intervertebral Disc Disease or IVDD is a degeneration of the spine most often seen in small dogs and those with long backs and short legs, such as Dachshunds. IVDD often leads to significant pain and reduced motion and in some severe cases paralysis may occur. Of course, this all reduces the dogs quality of life and while surgery is an option, some pet parents want to avoid putting their pup under the knife. This makes many pet owners ask the question of “Can my dog live with IVDD?”
Luckily, the answer is YES, here's how:
Crate rest in a comfy crate - Crate rest involves reducing a dog's overall mobility temporarily, giving their body time to heal itself. Having a well padded crate for your pup to rest in will ease any pressure put on their joints and especially on their back. It’s also important to keep in mind that some dogs with IVDD may lose control of their bladder so changing out their bedding every now and then will keep them comfy and clean. Raising the crate off the ground will also reduce the stress put on the pups neck when they look up at their person.
Heat therapy - This relieves pain and decreases muscle tension by increasing blood flow. The Haute L'il Back Bracer combines the patented L’il Back Bracer design with the additional benefit of heat therapy with air activated, disposable heat packs.