5 STAGES OF IVDD

Diagnosis & Prognosis Grading

It is important that any dachshund that is displaying any signs or symptoms of IVDD be urgently referred to and assessed by a specialist vet who can accurately assess the grading of IVDD.

It helps immensely for owners to know so that they can with their specialist put an appropriate management plan in place for their dachshund whether that be conservative or surgical care for the management of their dachshunds IVDD.

At grades 1 and 2, conservative (non-surgical) treatment is often a sensible first choice, though surgery may be indicated if the dog does not improve. At grades 3-5, surgical treatment gives a better chance of a successful outcome.

Stage I: Mild pain and usually self-correcting in a few days

Stage II: Moderate to severe pain in the neck or low back area

Stage III: Partial paralysis causing trouble walking and/or uncoordinated movements

Stage IV: Paralysis but with the ability to feel

Stage V: Paralysis and the loss of all feeling

5-point grading scale for Dachshunds with IVDD courtesy of Marianne Dorn BVM&S PGCert SART MRCVS.

HELPFUL LINKS

DISA Aids & Discounts
This list of aids and discounts to assist owners throughout the IVDD journey

Owner’s Survival Guide
A commonsense and light-hearted approach on surviving IVDD

The Rehab Vet
Marianne Dorn BVM&S PGCertSART MIRVAP MRCVS
An easy to read comprehensive website all about rehab and recovering dogs

Fitzpatrick Referrals
Supervet Professor Noel Fitzpatrick

Physiotherapy Management – Spinal Back Pain  
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Acknowledgement:  Holistic Animal Physiotherapy)

Balance & Proprioception Training
(Acknowledgement: Dogs in Motion)

PT Exercises for Post Op IVDD (not conservative)
(Acknowledgement: Dodgerslist)

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