Breeds prone to IVDD

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)

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#1 Restrict movement

Restrict movement at once  (recovery suite options: ex-pen, Pack ‘n Play, wire crate) to avoid more nerve damage, to avoid a surgery.

Signs of disc problem:     shivering, trembling, yelping, reluctance to move, arched back, head held high or low, wobbly walk, front or back leg paralysis.


#2 Get to a vet ASAP


Time is of the essence to treatment. Hours matter. The sooner the dog receives medical treatment, the better the chance to lessen permanent neurological damage. The sooner meds are prescribed, the sooner there is full relief from pain.


#3 Treatment options

IVDD disc disease treatments

Good communication, understanding and decision making with a vet leads to the best outcome for a furry friend. Owners need quick knowledge about the two treatments options available for a disc episode.  

The 2 treatments

Care Essentials

Pain and loss of neuro function are signs of a disc episode. Get to vet ASAP.

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Most commonly in small breed dogs such as the dachshund, Fr. bulldog, pekingese, shih tzu, toy or miniature poodle, cocker spaniel, basset hound, chihuahua, and beagle.

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Disc disease (IVDD) can begin to prematurely age discs at one year old. Dogs born with disc disease will typically start showing evidence of disc problems between 3-7 years of age. However, disc problems can happen at any age. Owner awareness is key to minimizing the potential for spinal cord damage with early recognition of disc episode signs.

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“There are definitely cases where we need to give clients more detailed information than we can provide in typical post-op or medical management home care. In these cases, especially, we would love to give clients pamphlets like these, but it would also be great in nearly every IVDD circumstance.” ~Jennifer Stewart, Neurology Department, VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center

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Your site really helped me following spinal surgery on one of my doxies who was paralyzed from the neck down. He’s made a full recovery in part to the great advise and support from the website and forum – Jennifer

You helped us so much when our boy got IVDD at age 5 . He lived a long happy life in his wheelchair until age 14 when he passed. IVDD is not a death sentence! – Mary

My dachshund was going downhill in Jan and we just thought it was his time for surgery. But our neuro Dr. knew about Dodgerslist and sent it to us to treat him conservatively. – Jenni

Just had a look at Dodgerslist- fabulous work!  I would love for every board certified surgeon and neurologist to know about your site. ~ Nancy Kay, DVM, ACVIM  

So happy to have a wonderful resource like Dodgerslist. This group is working hard to keep owners informed, supported, and make sure you know what ALL your options are for your pet… They have been priceless to us here and to so many of our clients and clients’ pets. ~ Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center, Ann Arbor, MI


  • Home Protect IVDD backs

    Home Protect IVDD backs

    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.
  • Imaging- CT, MRI, X-ray

    Imaging- CT, MRI, X-ray

    For a surgery, an MRI confirms the herniated disc location as a planning tool for the procedure.
  • Steroids vs. Non-steroidals

    Steroids vs. Non-steroidals

    6 things to know about using anti inflammatory drugs your vet may not have enough time to go over with you.


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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