AIDS & SUPPLEMENTS

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 their 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  DISA’s IVDD Support Group who have been through the IVDD journey.  We trust you find this helpful.

BACK BRACES FOR STABILITY

Wiggleless Back Brace

Available for purchase on DISA Shop
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When used as directed, the WiggleLess® dog back brace offers firm support, back stability and stress relief for your dog

back brace ivdd dachshund aids


L’il Back Bracer
Website

lil back brace

BOREDOM BUSTERS

  • Kongs filled with treats (non fattening). Remember we are trying to keep our dog at good weight to avoid stress on its back.

CALMING OUR HOUNDS

Adaptil Diffuser. 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

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CTFD Pet Calming Formula
Calm the Fkk Down! The name says it all!  If your dog is a little boisterous, full of energy or suffers from anxiety or nervousness etc, this carefully selected blend of herbs could provide a solution. All the ingredients, mixed in precise amounts, are natural sedatives and calming agents. Some dogs may experience behavioural changes very quickly after application.

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Genki Pet
A natural supplement for healthier happier hounds and humans.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE FOR DISA IVDD SUPPORT MEMBERS IS | IVDDCALM | WHICH ENTITLES YOU TO $5 OFF ALL NATURAL AROMATHERAPY SPRITZ

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paw Complete Calm
Tasty kangaroo based chews that contains Tryptophan, B group vitamins and a blend of multivitamins and nutrients to support the general health and nervous function in dogs.  

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The Cannabis Company
Hemp seed oil for pets.This optimum plant-based hemp nutrition is easy to digest, leading to elevated health in your pet. Customers report a dramatic effect on three primary areas: skin & fur – joints & mobility – mood & anxiety. This is due to naturally occurring cannabinoids plus hemp’s high nutrient content. 100% legal and contains CBD and THC within the legal limit, so you don’t have to worry about pooch breaking the law!

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Zylkene
A complementary feed for cats and dogs that contains a natural product derived from casein, a protein in milk.

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CRATE IS YOUR MATE

Past experience has shown dachshunds are great escape artists. Soft crates, and even baby pens, are no contest for a desperate sausage!  Try and start off with a ‘trusty old’ metal crate with a roof.  We recommend 36″ and these can been found online – simply Google – Dog crates 36″.

DISA also have Crates for purchase and also for loan in various parts of Australia.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


If your hound simply doesn’t play nicely with a Crate you can also consider a Child Play Pen.  These also work well but beware if you have a jumper.

dog pen


Recovery suites are another excellent concept – a pen with a crate inside!
A good solution when you have more than one hound, after all our dachshunds are pack animals.


Another helpful tip is to use a dolly underneath your crate for ease of moving room to room

crate dolly


 

DRAG BAGS FOR DISABLED HOUNDS

Custom made exclusively for DISA by Pattern Maker Catherine Winter

Available for purchase on DISA Shop
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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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HOUND COMFORT

Blankets

dog blankets

A good orthopaedic type mattress for crate/pen.  Should not be too soft or too high.

ortho dog bed

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.

coop cup

Towels & Baby Wipes (fragrance free & sensitive skin)

baby wipes

 

INCONTINENCE AIDS

If your hound is suffering incontinence belly band wraps for boy and diapers for girls are life savers!

Dundies

Check out Dundies – Australian made & ECO friendly
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SPECIAL OFFER FOR OWNERS OF IVDD HOUNDS! SAVE $5.00 ON ORDERS OVER $30  | USE CODE IVDD5 |

boy belly band

Belly Band for boys by Dundies
(Modelled by Bangaz Size S)

girl diaper
Diapers for girls by Dundies
(Modelled by Serriara Size S)

INFRARED LIGHT THERAPY

The light stimulates blood flow and deep tissue to help heal the traumatised areas. It also keeps the back muscles soft to prevent tightness and spasms that can cause pain.

The infrared light globe can be purchased at Bunnings for around $11. It’s a Philips PAR38E, 240V, 80W and made in Poland. The globe is a standard incandescent light globe with a red filter to enhance the red wavelength of colour.

All incandescent globes, lets for example sake, a 100W lamp puts out 92W of heat all of which are transmitted as infrared light.

Use a household lamp stand for the globe and sit over you dog’s bed – about 40cm above.

By the way, infrared light therapy was discovered in 1800 by William Herschel. He tested filters for the sun so he could observe sun spots. When using a red filter he found there was a lot of heat produced and the rest is history!

Infred light therpay

 

infrared lamp

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.

  • Aloe Vera Gel – Thursday Plantation
  • Coconut oil
  • Calendula Cream
  • Medical Manuka honey
  • Dermoscent Bio Balm WEBSITE
  • Colloidal Silver USES & INFORMATION

PEE PADS

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”

PHYSIO @ HOME

When the pain has eased and your dog needs to get moving or “If you don’t use it you lose it”

Physiotherapy and alternative therapies play an important role in a dog’s recovery.  DISA urges all owners to seek the advice of an animal physiotherapist, they will guide and provide you with a range of exercises including lots of homework.  Working on your dog doesn’t need to be difficult, it can actually be beneficial and very rewarding for both of you.

Here is a list of items that will help –

  • Electric toothbrush (used for massaging feet, legs and other parts of the body (as per professional advice) to stimulate nerve endings)
    electric toothbrush
  • Yoga mats can be used in several ways – standing your dog up on a mat while doing stretching and massage prevents slipping, rolled up and slipped underneath your dog’s stomach holds them up for balance and when your dog becomes more mobile. Yoga mats lined up in a row are great for proprioception exercises. eg. stepping over items like broom handles, garden hose etc.yoga mat non slip
  • Life jacket for swimming, great for strengthening the core.
    Ezydog life jacket
  • Dog boots, Pawz dog boots or baby socks (encourages dog to start feeling their feet and place them correctly.
    Pawz Dog Boots are available for purchase on DISA Shop
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  • Human hands and fingers – great for gentle massage, tickling and stimulation … your furbaby will love you for it!
  • Check out DISA Owners Handy Tips

RAMPS TO KEEP 4 PAWS ON THE FLOOR

Ramps are recommended wherever possible to protect backs, particularly after an IVDD episode.

Here is a list of suppliers that we know have been tested and given the sniff of approval by Aussie hounds

ORDER FROM CHEEKY CHARLIE CO

ramp


dashie dog ramps

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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 adequate suspension to prevent further injury to your dog.

DISA recommends the Pet Gear Jogger for outside walks.  Alternatively Google “dog strollers” for other options.

stroller

 

STROLLER BADGES TO MAKE A STATEMENT!

Custom embroidered patches/badges perfect to use on strollers when out and about with your IVDD hound. 200 x 100mm

Available for purchase on DISA Shop
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Stroller badge

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SLINGS TO ASSIST WITH TOILETING

AirLift One Support Harness

Available for purchase on DISA Shop
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A helpful ‘sling’ aid for IVDD dachshunds to assist with elimination and save owners’ backs!
The Airlift One has the same size and function as the Walkabout Back Harness.
The Airlift One is made from Airprene (very helpful in warm climates).
It includes adjustable handles and more room for male dogs to eliminate comfortably.


The GingerLead is a premium dog support sling with an integrated leash & handle to help dogs with weak hind legs walk. Ideal for assisting dogs with the recovery and rehabilitation after back, hip or knee injuries or orthopedic surgeries.  Great for Dachshunds with IVDD!
GingerLeads also help aging or disabled dogs needing some help with their mobility or balance, dogs with arthritis, degenerative myelopathy or other debilitating conditions.  Available in sizes for toy to giant breed dogs.  Adjustable for height and machine washable.  Made in USA.


Slings can come in all forms, many owners “construct” their own or simply use a dressing gown cord, other use panty hose/tights and even the old style green shopping bag works a treat!


 

TAPES & BANDAGES

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 to protect wear & tear.

  • Cohesive tape
  • Vet tape/wrap
  • Rock tape
  • Melolin dressing (shiny side down)
  • Elastoplast

WHEAT PILLOWS

A handy aid during recovery and rehabilitation.
Used by physiotherapists during treatment to keep muscles warm and supple.

wheat pillow

WHEELS FOR MOBILITY

Aussie Dog Wheelchairs
(Melbourne Vic)
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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.


Wheels & Paws
(Gawler SA)
Facebook Page

We have been manufacturing wheelchairs for small dogs after we saw that there was a need for them in Australia.


Eddie’s Wheels
(USA)
Website

Eddie’s Wheels designs and manufactures custom dog wheelchairs and wheelchairs for a variety of handicapped pets.

wheels


Walkin’ Wheels
(USA)
Website
Available from:
Dogs in Motion – Moorabbin Vic
Pets Need A Life Too – Semaphore SA
Animal Physiotherapy Solutions – QLD & NSW

Wheelie daxie

HELPFUL LINKS

Aids & Supplements

The Rehab Vet
Marianne Dorn BVM&S PGCertSART MIRVAP MRCVS
An easy to read comprehensive website all about rehab and recovering dogs

Fitzpatrick Referrals
Supervet Professer Noel Fitzpatrick

Physiotherapy Management – Spinal Back Pain  
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Acknowledgement:  Holistic Animal Physiotherapy)

Balance & Proprioception Training
(Acknowledgement: Dogs in Motion)

PT Exercises for Post Op IVDD (not conservative)
(Acknowledgement: Dodgerslist)

WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK!