IVDD RECOVERY AIDS
Helping owners during recovery & healing
IVDD RECOVERY AIDS
Helping owners during recovery & healing
Whether you are treating your hound conservatively or surgically, it can be quite confronting when faced with a dog that now depends on you for its every need, particularly when they are confined to a crate/pen for extended periods of time.
This list of aids has been compiled from the recommendations of owners who are members of the IVDD Support Forum by DISA, and who have been through the IVDD journey. We trust you find this helpful.
BACK BRACES FOR STABILITY
When used as directed, the WiggleLess® dog back brace offers firm support, back stability and stress relief for your dog.
Kongs filled with treats (non-fattening). Remember we are trying to keep our dog at a good weight to avoid stress on its back.
CALMING OUR HOUNDS
It’s not uncommon for our IVDD hounds to suffer from severe anxiety during restricted rest, this is where herbal supplements may help or even stronger medication (as prescribed by the vet or specialist) may be needed to prevent them from doing more harm than good. Here are a few suggestions which may help –
HERBAL / NATURAL
A synthetic analogue of canine appeasing pheromone, which has a comforting and reassuring effect on dogs
Canine Tranquil Formula
Thunderstorms, fireworks, car trips, visits to the vet, seeing visitors and being separated from their owners and loved ones are all uncomfortable situations for dogs. Every dog has an individual personality and therefore deals with these events differently. Click here for further information.
To soothe and calm anxious hounds.
- Makes treats and food last longer and prevents overfeeding.
- Helps clean dog’s tongue by removing food particles and bacteria.
- Freshens breath over time with regular use and improves overall oral and dental health.
- Keeps your pet entertained and helps them relax
paw Complete Calm
Tasty kangaroo-based chews that contain Tryptophan, B group vitamins and a blend of multivitamins and nutrients to support the general health and nervous function in dogs. Click here for more product information.
A complementary feed for cats and dogs that contains a natural product derived from casein, a protein in milk. Click here for more product information.
Tellington TTouch Wrap
If you have a dog who experiences anxiety (think storms/fireworks!), this “HALF WRAP” is a great DIY way in which you can help to calm your dog. And even better, this wrap can also be used for various other situations too … like CRATE REST! Yep, this simple method can help to keep your dog calm and relaxed.
To do this kind of wrap, all you need is a soft non-compression bandage. When you wrap it around your dog, the bandage does not need to be tight, it just needs to touch them gently. For further information check out the Tellington TTouch Australia Website.
If all else fails have a chat with your Veterinary Professional who can suggest anti-anxiety medication options.
DRAG BAGS FOR DISABLED HOUNDS
Custom made exclusively for DISA by Pattern Maker Catherine Winter.
Made from exclusive material imported from the UK that is used for moving and handling patients in hospital as it’s tough and is scuff resistant, though it is not designed for outdoor use.
Includes an additional harness for those dachshunds that prefer the security of the harness. The zip runs from tail to neck, making it easy to dress your dog and there is elastic at the waist. The elastic does not need to be tight, it is there simply for flexibility.
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A good orthopaedic type mattress for crate/pen. Should not be too soft or too high.
A water bowl for crate (attached to side) which is raised high enough so that your dog does not need to bend down to it. NB: Ensure it’s one that clamps on to the crate with screws.
Towels & Baby Wipes (fragrance free & sensitive skin)
If your hound is suffering incontinence belly band wraps & girl diapers for boys are lifesavers!
Check out Undercover by DISA Belly Band Wraps for Boys
Check out Pupstar Pants by Pawsome Pooch
LOTIONS & POTIONS
When hounds are paralysed or drag when mobile they can scuff and cause injury to their lower limbs etc. These products have found to be useful in healing injuries.
Medical Manuka honey
Colloidal Silver – more information
Dermoscent Bio Balm – visit website
Dog pee pads are essential during the recovery period. Simply lay them underneath and also in their crate/pen/stroller to catch any unexpected “surprises”.
It’s not uncommon for hounds to become constipated upon the onset of an IVDD episode.
Prescribed medications and changes in diet often cause this problem and here are a few ideas to help get things moving.
ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR VET BEFORE ADDING ANY OF THESE SUGGESTIONS TO YOUR DOG’S DIET
Actilax Lactulose Solution (500ml) is a lactulose solution for the effective treatment of chronic constipation. Since Actilax solution relieves constipation by producing a physiological change in the colon, it may take from 24 to 48 hours before normal defecation occurs.
Mashed Pumpkin or Sweet Potato
Fecal incontinence and losing the ability to control bowel movements can be distressing for both the dog and the owner. You can learn how to express the bowel or stimulate a reflex to cause your pet to empty the bowel at a convenient place and time, minimizing your stress. Simple changes in your routine, like adjusting your pet’s diet can help produce stools that are easy to clean up. By working with your pet’s natural elimination schedule to avoid surprises.
Click here for more information on Bowel Management for Incontinent and Constipated Pets.
RAMPS TO KEEP 4 PAWS ON THE FLOOR
Ramps are recommended wherever possible to protect backs, particularly after an IVDD episode.
Dashie Dog Ramps are a generous sponsor of DISA and their ramps have been given the sniff of approval by our little IVDD hounds.
STROLLERS – AN OWNER’S BEST FRIEND!
Dog strollers are fast becoming the number one “must have” for IVDD hounds. They offer owners an excellent way to “crate rest” while being close to you and the family and are back savers!
Depending on your needs strollers come in at a variety of price points. If it’s only for house and garden use you can opt for a lower price point (hard wheels/no suspension) BUT if you are heading out to pound the pavements you will require one with the adequate suspension to prevent further injury to your dog.
Here are a number of links to get you started on your search. Alternatively Google “dog strollers” for other options.
(Google for best price)
(Available from Pet Stock)
(Australian-based company – lift out capsule for transport in the car)
TAPES & BANDAGES
When hounds are paralysed or drag when mobile they can scuff and cause injury to their lower limbs etc.
These products have been found to be useful to protect against wear & tear.
Melolin dressing (shiny side down)
WHEELS FOR MOBILITY
Aussie Dog Wheelchairs
Australian made and owned. Perfect solution to assist your dachshund after spinal surgery to encourage rehabilitation if you are not able to access a Canine Rehabilitation facility or an Animal Physio.
Lightweight and have “All Terrain” wheels especially designed for our Aussie environment and lifestyle.
Eddie’s Wheels designs and manufactures custom dog wheelchairs and wheelchairs for a variety of handicapped pets.