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Dog back pain (IVDD). With dwarfed breeds a prevalent cause of back pain is intervertebral disc disease. Often it is not until the dog is 3-7 old, and with first signs of pain, the owner and the vet first learn the dog has this disease.


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Nursing care tips

No need to reinvent the wheel with at-home nursing care during a disc episode.

  • Lots of member tips
  • Useful supplies
  • Review on bladder expressing
  • Cervical (neck) disc care and more.


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Expressing for paralyzed dogs

  • Bladder expressing is a very real health concern to prevent infection (UTI) and maintain bladder muscle tone
  • Poop Expressing relieves a dog’s anxiety of unexpected poops where they sleep
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Neck disc pain

Extra things to do at home to help with cervical (neck) pain

  • looks with eyes, rather than turn head
  • head low or high to the ground
  • avoids bearing weight on front limb(s)
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Nursing-acupuncture


Laser &  Acupuncture

  • These therapies can aid in kick-starting the body to self-repair nerves.
  • There are cautions to be aware of with these therapies.
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Dodgerslist IVDD Forum

Check out the Dodgerslist Care and Support Forum.  Ask specific questions  about your dog. Learn tips in making the post-op or during conservative treatment rest period go smoother.

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STRICT REST procedure and tips

Disc healing strict rest is  a “recovery suite” with room service!

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Surgery —Active PT as soon as the surgeon directs.

Conservative treatment for paralyzed legs

  1. Off all meds gives proof all pain is gone. Then….
  2. Limit to range of motion (ROM) and massage
  3. Maintain principals of limited neck & back movement as disc continues healing til graduation day.
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We can all take actions which may help prevent or prolong the next disc episode by reducing the stress on the discs in between the vetertebrae of the spine. Some ways of doing that are to limit jumping, and avoid stairs, and training them NOT to fly.


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You can help your dog learn to use a ramp. Ramps avoid impact to the back. Learn the tricks to training from two pro trainers!


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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