July is IVDD Awareness Month. IVDD (Intervertebral disc disease) is one of the most common diseases of the spinal cord in dogs. It causes back pain, hind end weakness and paralysis. IVDD is also breed specific. To help spread the word about the condition, Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog is introducing the Dog Breeds Prone To IVDD Explained In Video. I hope you like it.
Here’s how you can educate pet owners about IVDD
Order the free literature from Dodgerslist:
Our friends at Dodgerslist offer support and education about IVDD all year long. Their mission is to let people know that dogs with disc disease can live a good quality life.
During July, they want to get their educational materials into the hands of pet owners with IVDD prone breeds. You can order their literature free-of-charge on the Dodgerslist website. Linda Stowe, who founded the organization, recommends ordering enough so you can take them for your veterinarian to hand out.
Share the Dog Breeds Prone to IVDD Explained in Video:
If you like our video, please share it with other pet parents. We want people to know the warning signs of the disease and how early treatment of IVDD is important.
Basic IVDD facts
- IVDD is seen most often in Dachshunds, Poodles, Corgis, Beagles and other breeds that are 3-7 years old, but it can happen at any age.
- IVDD causes discs in the spine to age earlier in life and harden.
- The first signs are often seen after a trauma to the spine when a disc herniates. The trauma can be as simple as jumping down from the bed or a couch.
- Dogs with a herniated or ruptured disc show signs of pain. They may shiver, tremble, refuse to move or eat and yelp when touched.
- Dogs may also show signs of weakness in their limbs or have trouble walking.
- Dogs showing signs of a loss of bladder/bowel control are considered in an emergency state and are at-risk of becoming paralyzed. They need immediate veterinary attention.
If your dog has IVDD
IVDD used to be considered a death sentence for dogs. Because it is a painful condition that can have neurological complications, many dogs were euthanized. Thankfully, Linda arrived on the scene. With her research and determination, she changed the treatment dogs received for the disease. She implemented a conservative approach that includes crate rest and pain management. Her goal was to save dogs’ lives. It took time, but today the conservative approach is routinely practiced by the veterinary community.
If your dog is diagnosed with IVDD, I urge you to review all of the information on Dodgerslist.
Another great resource is Honey, Have You Squeezed the Dachshund? written by Kristin Leydig Bryant and Dr. Adam Christman DVM.
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