IVDD Post Medical HC

DACHSHUND RESCUE OF BUCKS COUNTY & NJ

IVDD Post Treatment Issues Following Medical Treatment

The treatment path following surgery is critical for the maximum return of functionality for dogs with IVDD. A well thought out schedule and attention to the needs of the recovering doxie are the minimal requirements for support. It is important to remember that although full recovery may not come for weeks or even months, the steps taken during those first days of the recovery process may make all the difference to you and your doxie.

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DACHSHUND RESCUE OF BUCKS COUNTY & NJ

Home Care Expectations

It is important to get a clear picture of your doxie's limitations and capabilities before you bring them home from the hospital. Here at DRBC, we work with our qualified veterinarian support staff and develop an individual plan for each doxie to address the issues listed below.

Recovery for the IVDD dachshund is not only a matter of healing time. The home support program your doxie will need is also critical for the best outcome.

It is important to get a clear picture of your doxie's limitations and capabilities before you bring them home from the hospital. Here at DRBC, we work with our veterinarian support staff and develop an individual plan for each doxie to address the issues listed below.

Care ComponentNotes/Rationale
Medical Support
Crate RestCrate rest, in some form, is usually part of the DRBC Home Care Program. Our crate rest is staged depending on the treatment stage [pre vs. post] and is based on recommendations from our veterinary care team.
Crate Rest:
  • Doxies n complete rest must remain in the crate to minimize motion.
  • They are carried outside and are only allowed to take a few steps when eliminating. They are carried back in and placed back in the crate.
  • Meals are fed in the crate. Water is always provided.
  • The bedding contains an eggshell cushion and soft, warm blankets. Bedding changes are frequent.
MedicationsMedications for pain, inflammation, and general wellness may be utilized as a part of the recovery program. Common medications used in the treatment of DRBC doxies can be found in the pharmacy section of this website or by clicking on the icon below.
Physical TherapyDRBC doxies often seek the assistance of a physical therapist following an appropriate healing time. Working with a certified veterinary physical therapist can help increase the rate and degree of improvement for your doxie. Remember, check with your veterinary surgeon to ensure enough time has passed before obtaining a referral for PT! Click on the icon below to find out more about PT and to find a certified veterinary physical therapist in your area.
Physical Support
Sling Walking
Pictured above is a doxie in a sling. Note that the back is level, and although the back legs are not supporting the doxies body, the sling is. Veterinary staff members can teach you the proper way to use a sling or towel to assist your doxie.

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Home Care
  • Expressing Bowel & Bladder
  • Hygiene Issues
  • Bedding

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DRBC advises that you learn how to perform both bladder and/or bowel expression from a veterinary professional. This is not a skill best learned from an instructional CD or over the Internet. Improper treatment can lead to additional medical problems.
Cart Walking
Some doxies need a cart during recovery; others will need a cart for the rest of their lives. Your veterinary surgeon will advise you concerning recovery times and the need for a cart.
Here are some general tips when renting or purchasing a cart for your downed doxie:
  • Every doxie's body is different...different length, different height, different weight. Avoid 'borrowing' a cart because the doxie that cart was made for will not be the same as yours. Get a custom fit.
  • Doxies that will use a cart for life often lose weight due to muscle atrophy. Their cart will need to be adjusted over time. Talk to your cart manufacturer about a refit when ordering the cart.
  • Hygiene is key for the IVDD dachshund and for the doxie's cart too. Diapers with belly bands [males] or panties [girls] minimize the inevitable but do not eliminate urine and stool on the cart itself. Always inspect the cart closely when taking your doxie out for bedtimes or expressions. Clean, clean, clean; it is key.

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Protective SacsHere are some general tips when using a protective sac for your downed doxie:
  • Hygiene is key for the IVDD dachshund and for the doxie's sac too. Plan on having several on hand as this item will spend a lot of time in the washer. Clean, clean, clean; it is key.
  • Always look for pressure sores and scrapes, even when using a protective sac. Remember, doxies, even those with the power of only two legs, want to run, run, run. They may not feel changing surfaces and can injure themselves unintentionally. Inspect, don't expect!

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NOTE: This section of the DRBC website is offered as a medical reference only. DRBC is not operated by veterinarians. Seek the attention of your veterinarian to obtain a complete understanding of any of the topics listed.