IVDD French Bulldog

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)/Back Pain

IVDD Dachshund

What is IVDD?

IVDD stands for intervertebral disc disease. It is also sometimes described as a ruptured, slipped, bulging or herniated disc. This condition is very commonly seen in Dachshunds, French bulldogs, Pekingese, Beagles and Shi Tzus. 

Signs of IVDD can include:

  • Holding the neck low

  • Neck or back pain

  • Limping on one or both front legs

  • Panting or shaking 

  • Reluctance to jump up 

  • Lethargy

  • Weak uncoordinated movement

  • Paralysis 

  • Arched posture

If any of these symptoms are noted and you are concerned about this condition it is important to follow up with your primary care veterinarian or the emergency veterinary clinic right away. 

A thorough neurological exam, x-rays and/or MRI will help confirm the diagnosis of IVDD and will better determine if surgery is needed. 

IVDD French Bulldog

How Can Rehab Help IVDD

Conservative Management of IVDD

There are many dogs diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease who do not require surgery. These pets are typically managed with pain medications, activity restriction and physical rehabilitation. 

Many different treatment modalities can be used when treating a dog undergoing conservative management of IVDD. Possible treatment options might include acupuncture, laser therapy, massage, therapeutic exercise and stretching, hydrotherapy and a home exercise program. Our immediate goals for conservative management are to reduce pain and inflammation and prevent surgery, while our long term goals include reducing the frequency and severity of any future flare ups that may occur. 

While the diagnosis of IVDD can be frightening - we are here to guide you on how to best manage your pet's condition so that  you get can back to the activities you love. 

Post-Operative Management of IVDD

Rehabilitation is a very important part of recovery after surgery. We utilize many of the same techniques and tools we use for conservative management including acupuncture, massage, laser therapy, underwater treadmill therapy and therapeutic exercise and stretching. Each patient recovering from surgery will have unique needs and it is our goal to formulate a plan that is specific to their concerns. We will work closely with their surgeon to ensure we get the best outcome possible for your pet. 

Caring for a pet recovering from surgery can be stressful. We have helped countless pets and pet parents through the recovery process and will be by your side every step of the way!