IVDD Integrative Therapy
Treatment Protocols for IVDD
There are many options for dachshunds afflicted with IVDD. While no guide can be completely comprehensive, this page of the DRBC Site reviews those treatment methods most commonly used by the veterinarians that support DRBC. You should have a full discussion with your veterinarian concerning the options available for your doxie.
The table or menu shown below will guide you through the various options.
Integrative Therapy: Canine Acupuncture
Acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest and safest medical treatments and relies on the use of very fine painless needles placed in strictly defined positions on the recipient, which is thought to affect the flow of energy around the limbs, body, and head.
Canine Acupuncture results in the release of the body’s own endorphins which are very effective pain killers and can, in correctly chosen cases, have very significant beneficial effects not only on the musculoskeletal system but also on medical complaints. Holistic veterinarians believe it has an important role in the treatment of veterinary patients.
Although insertion of needles may cause in a few cases a very short-lived tingling sensation, small animal patients are in general very tolerant of acupuncture and some may even relax so much as to fall asleep during treatment!
Generally, improvement in susceptible cases will be seen after 2 to 3 sessions, though occasionally, animals are immediately better with regards to stiffness and improved mobility after their first treatment.
What to Expect
Greta is a very special doxie to DRBC. We met her after a nonboard certified veterinary surgeon botched her procedure. Her owner was heartbroken and devastated. True love sometimes means believing when no one else can and persevering when no one else would. Greta is lucky; she has a Mom that loves her very much. She looked at all the options and found canine acupuncture and electrotherapy. Today Greta is making progress and is on the road to recovery. Watch the video below to learn more!
We talked to Greta's Mom and she asked us to remind everyone not to forget about the importance of physical therapy in the rehabilitation process. Click on the icon below this paragraph to learn more about physical therapy and dachshunds.
- 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.