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Supplements for the IVDD dog

updated February 2018

When To Start Supplementing?

It is best while a dog is on any prescription medication recovering in crate rest, to not add any supplements. that would cause confusion which is  the culprit  and which action to take.

Supplements can cause the same side effects of gastrointestinal problems develop such as vomiting, loose stools, diarrhea, or even gas, but not life threatening that a medication might cause. It would be important to be able to definitively identify the cause quickly in order to take the right action to treat the problem. 

After all IVDD medications have been stopped, some supplements can maximize healing during this critical period in recovery.

There isnít much scientific evidence what is effective and what isnít concerning intervertebral discs and Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). Supplements are something youíll need to research in depth before making decisions. 

Be Aware

Should you decide to supplement, you also need to be aware that not all supplements are created equal. Quality varies greatly. Purity is also another big concern. There is no regulation of supplements so each one can vary in the amount of the herb in the product. Many people think because herbs are ďnaturalĒ they have no possible bad side effects which is NOT true.

Always fully research any drug or herb.
Herbs and natural remedies can have just as many side effects as prescription drugs. Every substance in a high enough dose is dangerous, even something as common as water.

Pet supplementation has become a big, lucrative money draw for many companies. Donít fall for the marketing hype surrounding so many pet supplements today. There is a lot to know, and you really have to be willing to do the research yourself and learn as much as you can if you want to use supplements.

Look at the source of the information and try to get independent information rather than just from the company making the products or selling the products. They have an invested interest in making it sound good so you will buy it. Remember, nothing you give, whether prescription medications or nutritional supplements, is without possible side effects. Everything carries some risk.

Being aware of all of your petís health problems is crucial to knowing if you should or should not supplement with a particular product. Doing your research with an eye to negative side effects will alert you to possible contraindications between your petís health conditions, other drugs your dog may be on, other herbs, and that supplement you are considering.

Homeopathic remedies/herbs are also a possibility, but should only be used under the treatment of a skilled homeopath.

Please consult with your regular or holistic vet before
 beginning any type of supplement

This information is presented for educational purposes and as a resource for the Dachshund community. The coordinators are not veterinarians or health care professionals. Nothing herein should be interpreted as medical advice and all should contact their pet care professionals for advice. The coordinators are not responsible for the substance and content contained herein and do not advocate any particular product, item or position contained herein.

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