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IVDD Signs & Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of IVDD
The symptoms listed below are all cause for concern. 

Some, such as a dragging limb or inability to move head or limbs are reason to crate your dog and move immediately to a qualified veterinary surgical center, but any animal exhibiting the symptoms listed should be seen as soon as possible. 

Early crating and veterinary intervention can make the difference between a dog that regains the ability to walk and one which does not. 

Let us say it again, do not wait, crate and seek competent veterinary care.
  Immobilization and veterinary intervention are key in the recovery of an IVDD dog.

  • Neck sensitivity
  • An inability to shake neck and/or ears
  • An inability to reach an ear to scratch


  • Dragging a limb
  • Inability to move one or both rear legs
  • A crossing of one or both back legs while walking
  • Stiffness or difficulty climbing stairs

Generalized Complaints

  • Pain when moving or attempting to move
  • Difficulty with walking and jumping
  • Slower movement
  • Reluctance to move
  • Crying or shaking due to pain
  • Very tense abdomen
Rear Body Complaints
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Tail cannot wag
  • Hunched back due to muscle tension
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Painful urination

Watch This!
The video shown below illustrates recovery; however, it is a great demonstration of the wobbly legs that often occur as a dachshund looses nerve sensation due to disc rupture.

Additional Notes:
  • There are no 'over-the-counter' fixes for IVDD.  Please consult a qualified veterinarian before using any medications or OTC products with your dachshund.
  • The information offered herein is for informational and educational and purposes only.  Seek the timely care of a licensed veterinarian or veterinary surgeon if you believe your dog is exhibiting any of the signs or symptoms of IVDD.  This website does not seek to diagnose or treat IVDD.
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