There is no single “magic cure” for IVDD however, whether being treated conservatively or surgically, the importance of rehabilitation has proven to be paramount in a Dachshund’s rehabilitation and future wellbeing following an IVDD event.

A qualified physiotherapist or rehabilitation specialist should be your first point of reference as they will guide you with a safe home care routine and recommend the modalities appropriate to your hound’s prognosis.

Which modalities?

There are many and varied modalities associated with Canine Rehabilitation & each one plays a role in the recovery process.  To name a few –

  • Physiotherapy
  • Massage
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Laser Therapy
  • Acupuncture

Where do I start?


We cannot emphasise enough the importance after surgery that you discuss with your vet specialist an immediate referral to a rehabilitation facility.  The sooner the better normally recommended within a week after discharge as it is important that you are shown how to do the gentle exercises required to ensure you are doing the physio correctly so that muscle wastage is kept to a minimum during the crate rest period.  Once you are shown this you can then assist your dog at home during the healing process without losing to much strength.

Most Specialists will provide owners with a list of Qualified rehabilitation providers upon discharge. If they don’t ask them for a list of their recommended practitioners.


When treating your dog conservatively rehabilitation is also extremely important, however, it’s best to discuss your dog’s need with your vet/specialist or a qualified therapist as every dog and case is different when it comes to conservative treatment.  As a guide, in the early days, gentle passive modalities may be helpful e.g.: acupuncture and laser.

Contact your Vet and ask them for a list of recommended providers.

Still no luck?

Google – dog rehabilitation or dog physiotherapy in your local area or region.  Make sure you conduct your own due diligence and see evidence of their qualifications before consenting to treatment.

Helpful information

Refer to DISA’s Rehab 101 for useful and important information.

After IVDD it’s all about living the ‘new normal’.

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