Symptoms of Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) can occur rapidly, potentially causing irreversible damage to your dog’s back as well as limit their mobility. The care and treatment of IVDD goes beyond just surgical options. Consult your Veterinarian immediately at the first sign of back pain or change in your dog’s gait. Seeking immediate help increases the odds of your dog regaining their mobility.
Depending on the severity of your dog’s IVDD and the treatment they receive, their mobility limitations may be temporary. And luckily, there are some great mobility tools to help your dog throughout the healing process and aid in preventing further spinal damage.
Mobility Solutions for IVDD Recovery
When a dog is diagnosed with IVDD it’s likely that they are dealing with mobility struggles as well. Here are a few mobility solutions to help your dog recover from IVDD:
Even with surgery and crate rest, a dog with IVDD will continue to be vulnerable. It’s impossible to be constantly vigilant and prevent your dog from never jumping on or off the furniture again. By wearing a back brace you can help prevent future injuries. Wearing a back brace or back support greatly reduces the amount of stress on a dog’s spine while also stabilizing and supporting the back.
Benefits of a Dog Back Support for IVDD:
- Help to avoid further spinal damage or injury
- Stabilize your dog’s spine from above and below
- Alleviate spinal pressure and back pain
- Prevent your dog from overextending their back
- Provides overall spinal support
- Recommended for treatment and prevention
Tip: For optimal support, your dog’s back brace should conform to your dog’s back and the support should be placed over the spine and it’s surrounding muscles.
If your dog is in the early stages of degenerative disc disease or in recovery post-surgery, a dog wheelchair can be beneficial during rehabilitation.
For pets with more severe IVDD damage or if your dog has become paralyzed, a wheelchair will help them to maintain their daily activities. Wheelchairs allow dogs with spinal conditions to maintain both their mobility and their independence.
Benefits of a Dog Wheelchair for IVDD
- Keeps your dog mobile
- Reduces weight and eliminates pressure on spine
- When combined with a neoprene belly support, provides mid-body support for abdomen and spine to maintain proper alignment
- Can be used for rehab training or to get dog outside for bathroom breaks
- Give your dog back their independence
- Available in both Rear Support and Full Support depending on level of support needed
Walkin’ Wheels and IVDD Success Stories
When Odie was struck down with IVDD, he was rushed in for emergency surgery. Everything went well, but he wasn’t showing signs of improvement. His wheelchair has changed his quality of life. We are forever thankful and blessed for the Walkin’ Wheels Wheelchair.- Talisha Young
Bandit because suddenly paralyzed in his rear legs and was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, we were devastated. What a difference his Walkin’ Wheels have made! It’s amazing to see him walking around again!
– Tammy Pugh
Since Airlie had IVDD spinal surgery he has been getting stronger and stronger. He’s exactly the same dog as before, he still loves chasing sticks and going for walks, only now he’s on wheels! His wheelchair has enabled him to have an amazing quality of life.- Sean Hooton
Check out our resource guide for IVDD in Dogs to learn more about causes, symptoms and prevention methods.