Should I call the vet? Learn the Emergency signs during recovery of a disc herniation and what to do, including reasons to call the vet and a list to print and post where everyone in the household can see it.

What's the difference between IVDD and Cervical IVDD? Read about herniations in the neck, and what special precations should be taken when cervical IVDD has been diagnosed.

What are all these terms and what do they mean? IVDD Dictionary
IS THAT NORMAL?
SYMPTOMS
CRATE/BED REST
How do I set up a crate for my dog to rest in?  What options do I have?  Read about the process & find out what you will need to set up the bed rest den.
Does your dog have (or do you suspect your dog has) a disc herniation, bulging disc, disc disease or a pinched nerve? Learn what the symptoms are and available treatment options.
IVDD DRUGS
The focus of medical management is to relieve inflammation and control the pain.  Print out our medication schedule!
Pain should be under control 24/7 from dose to dose of medicine & takes constant communication with your vet.  Each dog is different and pain control has to be tailored to your dog.
Learning to express a dog’s bladder can be challenging.  Many dogs don’t ever need these drugs at all; but occasionally, some dogs do.
Our entire list of articles can be found here.
Although we all may be able to point to some activity (jump or rough housing) that we believe may have caused our dog’s disc problem, the truth is that Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is a disease our dogs were born with.
Why is bed rest needed?

A disc that has weakened and developed tears on the outer edges allows inner disc material to bulge out onto the spinal cord causing mild compression, trauma, pain and nerve damage.  Just normal walking moves the vertebrae which moves the discs sitting in between them and can cause the disc to develop more tears resulting in a rupture.
If your dog is having a disc episode, one of the most important things you need to know quickly is: does my dog have bladder control?  The reason why is because *IF* your dog does not have bladder control, you will need to express his/her bladder to prevent a urinary tract infection which can turn very serious very quickly.
BLADDER CONTROL
TREATMENT
OPTIONS


This article is basically what we have learned about treating conservatively, what has worked best for many dogs including our own, and what WE recommend.

Conservative treatment versus surgery, acupuncture and laser therapy pros and cons. These are your treatment options.

Decided to the surgery option?  Here's a list of questions we recommend taking to the surgeon to ask at discharge.
On the mend? Read about slings and water therapy.
SUCCESS
STORIES
Ricky went down at 4 years old and had surgery within 12 hours of his paralysis.  Ricky's mom made a recovery video after surgery and a 6 month post-operation video to share his success.

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