Cautionary Don’ts


IVDD Cautionary Statements

IVDD is one of the worst injuries your doxie can face. It is much like walking through a minefield. There are so many opinions and so much confusing information concerning treatment and care available via the Internet.

DRBC receives calls and emails daily asking how we approach the care of our doxies. The menu below will give you a good idea of how we work to address the needs of our little ones.

IVDD is a scary disease for pet owners. Here are some DRBC do's and don'ts. Remember, DRBC faces these same issues with each doxie in our group that is affected by this illness.


IVDD Don'ts

Knowing what not to do is often as important as knowing what to do; this is true for the treatment and support of an IVDD doxie as well.

  • DO NOT avoid crate rest; this is critical in the recovery of any IVDD dog.
  • DO NOT place in a cart without the instruction of a qualified veterinary orthopedist, neurologist, or physical therapist. This is not a fix, but a tool.
  • DO NOT use a stroller. Strollers will jar or traumatize the spine; they also violate the no-movement rule. Using a stroller may meet your emotional need, but it does nothing for the physical support of your downed doxie. Crate, crate, crate!
  • DO NOT tie the doxie to a doorknob while you are nearby or taking a shower. Hard to believe this has to be included, but believe it or not, people operating from an emotional base will give into the crying doxie and give them this improper treatment. Any movement or jarring at this point can cause additional damage.
  • DO NOT vary from the prescribed medication instructions. No matter what you heard, from whom, or where you heard it, the only changes that should affect the medication schedule should come from the veterinarian treating your pet.
  • DO NOT say...'I can't afford the care my doxie needs', instead say 'what can I do to make this happen'. Help is available!

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Note: The information offered herein is for informational and educational and informational 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.