Supporting Dachshunds with the WiggleLess Back Brace
Dachshunds, known for their long backs and short legs, are prone to back problems, particularly Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). The WiggleLess back brace is designed to provide crucial support and comfort to these lovable dogs, helping them lead happier, pain-free lives.
Understanding IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease)
IVDD is a debilitating condition that affects a dog's spine and spinal cord, resulting in a painful range of motion. This disease commonly manifests as a ruptured or bulging herniated disc and is especially prevalent in breeds like Dachshunds, Beagles, Shih Tzus, Pekingese, Basset Hounds, and American Cocker Spaniels. However, it can afflict any breed.
Causes of IVDD
IVDD occurs as the discs between a dog's vertebrae gradually harden, leading to a loss of cushioning. These hardened discs can bulge and compress the spinal cord, causing nerve damage, pain, and even loss of bladder or bowel control. Trauma, such as poorly landing jumps, can exacerbate the condition.
Recognizing Symptoms in Dachshunds
Dachshunds typically start displaying IVDD symptoms between the ages of three and seven. Watch for signs like whining or crying when you pick them up, reluctance to move, hind leg weakness or uncoordination, and loss of control over their bladder or bowels. These symptoms may vary in severity but should be taken seriously.
Prompt treatment upon diagnosis is crucial to prevent irreversible damage. Treatment options include:
- Medication: For mild to moderate cases, anti-inflammatory drugs or steroids can reduce pain and swelling. Rest is vital during medication.
- Surgery: Severe cases may require surgery to remove the disc material pressing on the spinal cord. Recovery takes approximately six to eight weeks with restricted activity.
- Back Braces: While not a cure, back braces can provide comfort. These braces stabilize the spine, support surrounding muscles, and help alleviate pain.
How Back Braces Work
A high-quality back brace, especially tailored for Dachshunds with back problems, supports the spine and adjacent muscles. Typically, these braces incorporate elastic, plastic stays, and breathable fabric to provide stability and restrict harmful movements.
Benefits of a Back Brace for Dachshunds
For dogs with IVDD, a back brace offers multiple advantages, including:
- Stabilizing the spine
- Providing spinal support
- Alleviating pain
- Safely restricting motion
- Relieving pressure on the spine
The WiggleLess® back brace has made a profound difference in the lives of countless pets, offering comfort during challenging times, especially when dealing with IVDD.
If your Dachshund is experiencing symptoms or has been diagnosed with IVDD, consult your veterinarian for a comprehensive treatment plan. A back brace can be a valuable part of their journey to recovery and a happier, healthier life.