Exercises That Will Help Reduce the Risk of IVDD
Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is a common disease found in many breeds of dogs, particularly those with short legs and long backs. It occurs when the discs between two vertebrae become thinned or degenerate, causing pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. This often leads to pain and lameness, as well as neurological signs such as dragging one or both hind feet while walking.
It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of IVDD in dogs so that it can be treated as soon as possible.
Common signs include reluctance or refusal to move, difficulty getting up after lying down, pain when touched around the spine, muscular weakness or paralysis in one or more limbs and incontinence.
If any of these symptoms are observed, a veterinarian should be consulted immediately to determine whether IVDD is present and what course of action should be taken.
Early diagnosis and treatment is essential for managing Intervertebral Disc Disease in dogs.
By recognizing the symptoms early on and seeking prompt medical attention, owners can reduce the severity of their pet's discomfort and ensure a better chance of recovery. With proper care, many dogs with IVDD can lead happy and comfortable lives despite their condition.
That being said, you might be wondering what sort of treatment options are available for IVDD and if canine rehab will help in keeping your pup healthy. Here are some exercises that help in treating for IVDD.
Exercises to Help Treat IVDD
1. Strengthening exercises: Strengthening exercises for dogs can be an effective way to manage canine intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).
These exercises, including swimming and walking, help build muscle strength and endurance in the areas most affected by IVDD. Additionally, these low-impact exercises can increase blood flow to the spine, helping reduce inflammation and pain associated with this condition
2. Balance training: Balance training can be a great way to help dogs with intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) improve their core strength and agility. Balance exercises involve tasks such as standing on an unstable surface, walking on an uneven surface or performing simple bodyweight exercises.
These activities can help strengthen the muscles in the spine and reduce pressure on the discs which are typically affected by IVDD.
3. Range of motion (ROM): Range of motion exercises are an important part of caring for dogs with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). These exercises help to maintain joint mobility, strengthen muscles and ligaments, increase circulation, and improve overall physical function.
Range of motion can also be used as a form of pain management for IVDD dogs by helping to stretch tight muscles that may be pulling on the spine or compressing nerve roots.
4. Gait training: Gait training is an important part of rehabilitation for dogs with IVDD. This type of exercise helps to strengthen the muscles and ligaments that support the spine, improving coordination and balance.
By using low-impact exercises such as swimming or walking on a treadmill, gait training can help to reduce pain and increase mobility in affected limbs. Gait training also promotes better posture and body awareness, which can improve quality of life for dogs living with IVDD.
IVDD Is Treatable and Can Be Prevented
By incorporating these rehab practices into a canine’s routine, there can be a significant reduction in the risk of IVDD and long-term management of pain associated with this condition. It is important to consult with your veterinarian or certified Canine Rehabilitation.
Preventing IVDD in dogs is important for their health and well-being. Exercising regularly helps strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine, which help support the discs between vertebrae.
This reduces pressure on the discs, decreasing wear and tear on them over time. Additionally, maintaining a healthy weight helps reduce strain on the spine, as well as providing regular chiropractic care to ensure the spine remains properly aligned.
If a pet is showing signs of IVDD, it's important to seek treatment from a veterinarian immediately, as early intervention can make a big difference in the outcome of the condition.
Exercise and other preventative measures are key components in avoiding IVDD in dogs, and should be part of any pet owner’s routine.
Is Your Dog Showing Early Signs of IVDD?
If you have concerns that your dog may have IVDD or want a plan on the next steps to take in treating the disease, make sure that you reach out to us and we can book a time to come see you! That's right, we will do the driving for you and will come to your home so you do not have to fight the traffic!
Starting the process of finding treatment for your dog is simple and with our offer of a Free Phone Consultation, we can begin to discuss your concerns that you might have about IVDD and the treatment process. If you want to start that process, give us a call at (321) 319-4008.
No matter what kind of signs your dog is presenting, don’t waste any time getting in touch with your vet to explore the matter more thoroughly. And, if rehab is needed, be sure to reach out to Happy Paws Rehabilitation and Wellness right away to make your first appointment.
We look forward to helping your canine live a happy and healthy life!
-Dr. Samantha Peters
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