Intervertebral Disk Disease, IVDD
A dog’s spine consists of vertebrae, which are connected by flexible cartilage discs. These discs called “intervertebral discs” are cushions between each vertebra (bone) and allow for movement of the neck, spine, and tail. These discs may become weak and can rupture or herniate. This can cause the disc to protrude, a very painful condition for the dog. Veterinarians will normally order several weeks of crate rest, no stairs, no jumping, and mild to limited exercise.
Signs to look for:
- whimpering, shivering, or shaking
- quiet and lethargic
- dragging rear legs
- crying when moving
- sensitivity to touch on the back
- hunched, stiff back
- loss of bladder or bowel control
If your dog is showing any of the signs of suffering from this kind of injury, bring him to your Veterinarian immediately, as this condition only worsens if not diagnosed and treated.
It is very important that you follow your Veterinarian’s instructions for crate rest. The crate rest period is essential to the healing process and the brace is not meant to replace it. Many Veterinarians recommend the brace to use in conjunction with this crate rest period as well as following the crate rest period.