Devices & Supplements

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Supplements and other things for the IVDD dog

 

Buyer be aware. Look further into supplements, back braces, CDB  oil, and other things to find out if a product is actually safe for your IVDD dog’s very particular needs.


When To Start Supplementing.

It is recommended to not add supplements while a dog is on prescription medication or recovering on crate rest. It could be difficult to determine which medication or supplement caused a dog to have an adverse reaction and complicate treatment options.  

Supplements can cause the same side effects as gastrointestinal problems and prescription medications do. These symptoms include vomiting, loose stools, diarrhea, or gas. Those signs can be life threatening if caused by a prescription medication. It is important to quickly and correctly narrow down the cause to take the right action when treating problem.

After all IVDD medications have been stopped, some supplements could maximize healing during this critical period in recovery. A discussion with your veterinarian might help you determine which supplements are the most effect.

 

There isn’t much scientific evidence as to what is effective and what isn’t concerning intervertebral discs and Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). Supplements are something you’ll need to research in depth before making decisions.

Be Aware

Should you decide to supplement, you should be aware that not all supplements are created equal. Quality varies greatly. Purity is a big concern. There is no regulation of supplements. The amount of the herb in the product can vary. Many people think because herbs are “natural,” they have no bad side effects. This is NOT true.

Fully research any drug or herb. Herbs and natural remedies can have side effects like prescription drugs do. Every substance in the wrong dosage amount is dangerous, even something as common as water.

Pet supplementation has become a lucrative money draw for many companies. Don’t fall for the marketing hype surrounding so many pet supplements today. There is a lot to know. You really have to do the research yourself to learn as much as you can when considering the use of supplements.

Try to get independent information rather than rely on claims made by the company making or selling the products. They have an vested interest in making products sound good to encourage you to buy. Remember, nothing you give, whether prescription medications or nutritional supplements, is without side effects.

Being aware of all of your pet’s 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. This would include research on how drugs your dog is taking could be affected by herbs and the supplement you are considering.

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

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

.Other products and devices

CDB oil

Dodgerslist doesn’t have enough information about CBD oil to recommend it for an IVDD disc episode or as a supplement for your dog. There is not enough scientific research to determine how effective CBD oil would be for pain/inflammation or use as a sedative in IVDD dogs. What is proven to work is pain meds, anti-inflammatory drugs, and Pepcid AC. Make sure your vet is aware of all medications and supplements you are giving. Herbs, supplements, potions can adversely interact with the necessary big gun medications your vet has prescribed for a disc episode.

Herbs, supplements, potions can adversely interact with the necessary big gun medications your vet has prescribed for a disc episode.

Read about meds humans that should not be taken with CDB oil. Research for dogs is on-going and may in the future line up with the meds for humans that are contraindicated with CDB oil. http://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-and-drug-interactions-what-you-need-to-know

Back Braces for the IVDD dog

Orthotics, such as a back brace, should require a prescription from a board certified neurologist (ACVIM) who is well educated in disc disease. An ill-fitting product that is not custom made can do more harm, and the prescription would be for a specific reason. Dodgerslist has consulted with several neuro and rehab specialists. The overriding concern is that owners may buy a brace on their own, thinking it will substitute for strict crate rest or that it will prevent a future disc problem. 

During a disc episode these are the concerns:

  • Putting a brace on without causing more pain or damage to the spine is number one. Too much movement to get the brace on is not good for a dog when trying to limit movement of the back.
  • Additional muscle atrophy in the spine is another big concern, as muscle strength is very important to maintaining spinal health.
  • Unnecessary discomfort, pain, and anxiety can be caused by having to wear this device tight enough to limit movement. Adequate limited movement is supplied with owner commitment to safe and effective 100% STRICT crate rest 24/7.
  • Braces would require monitoring for pressure (rub) sores. If not properly fitted (not covering from thoracic down to tail) there is the potential to create a fulcrum. It is hard to immobilize the entire back and not end up creating a fulcrum that stresses out adjacent discs. A brace would not be a preventative measure.
  • Disc disease is the cause of prematurely aging discs. A disc problem happens at the point the disc has hardened too much. Any activity such as turning to lick a paw or putting on and off a brace could be the last straw for a disc that is no longer flexible.
  • At this time, there isn’t enough research on braces for Dodgerslist to support their use with an IVDD dog. What we do know is that strict crate rest is what works to heal a disc. Crate rest is proven and safe.


Dr. Wong, DVM, Neurology (ACVIM)
:  IVDD is the most common spinal cord condition in dogs. There is nothing that can 100% prevent intervertebral disk disease in dogs. Dr. Wong gives his opinion on back braces in video clip below:


Stem Cell Therapy

Dodgerslist has been asked several times about Stem Cell Therapy for IVDD. Currently, there has not been enough published research for us to support it.  As with any new treatment, therapies, or supplements, Dodgerslist advises you to research thoroughly before using on your dog.

At home Laser Therapy

Not all at-home laser products are created equal so be sure to do your research. If you choose home laser therapy for your IVDD dog, work with an IVDD knowledgeable vet or therapist who is qualified in the use of lasers. Mobile vets who can come to your home are an option. In addition, some lasers come with an app for the vet to monitor the treatments and give the owner feedback.

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Disclaimer:

This information is presented for educational purposes and as a resource for the dog IVDD 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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