Sadly, the first time many owners become aware of IVDD is when their dog becomes paralysed/struggles to walk, and/or stand or has a very pronounced hunch with crippling pain. If you are ever faced with this awful situation, we recommend you take the following action:
RESTRICT ALL MOVEMENT AND KEEP YOUR DOG SAFE
If you don’t have a crate either a playpen, bassinet/cot a cosy closet or a small room will suffice to ensure your dog does not overexert himself and aggravate its condition. Keep your dog comfortable with blankets and a bed that is not too spongy to lie on.
A clothes basket makes a perfect safe haven for transport, snuggle your dog into the basket, pop on a collar and lead and pack gently with towels/blankets to ensure safe transport.
URGENTLY SEEK VET/SPECIALIST ASSISTANCE
Call your trusted Vet or Emergency Centre/Hospital and let them know you are on your way!
Do not delay or wait until morning/Monday/a better time/checking on Facebook Groups or Google! IVDD can be a serious medical emergency that requires immediate attention, the sooner you restrict movement and seek professional advice the more chance you have for a positive outcome.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED TO REPORT TO YOUR ATTENDING VET
- Take a screenshot or print off this list and to take to your Vet
- When did the clinical signs start?
- If he/she is paralysed, when was the last time voluntary motor function was present?
- Is he/she posturing to urinate?
- Are they able to urinate?
- Has there been a previous history of these episodes?
- Has there been a response to medication, including pain relievers or anti-inflammatories?
- Have they been able to pass stools normally? If so, when was the last time?
- If he/she is on pain medication, have stools been black or bloody?
- Has there been any vomiting?
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