Never say never

Meet Audree-RoseA little girl who has never said never Audree-Rose is a 6.5-year-old pedigree long-hair silver dapple. When she was 12 months old she had bilateral Pes Varus surgery.  This surgery was to correct her gait as she was quite bow-legged with a degree of...

Living a new normal after Grade 5

We often talk about living a new normal following IVDD and bubble wrapping our fur kids for fear of further episodes.   Maggie is a Grade 5 IVDD survivor and it’s now 3.5 years since surgery (September 2018).  She doesn’t jump up anymore (with those little front...

Conservative options

Make yourself a cuppa and watch this YouTube presentation, a must for all IVDD Dachshund owners. Sam Khan, Bruno Scalia and Viviana Rojas from the University of Cambridge Vet School explain what IVDD is and how to care for a recovering dog. The team from Cambridge Vet...

Holistically approaching IVDD

When treating both conservatively and surgically, physiotherapy & associated modalities play a vital part in the treatment & recovery of dogs with spinal cord disease, but before I go any further, I need to explain why I have come to this conclusion and why I...

Surgery or Conservative – Which one?

I have taken two hounds through both conservative and surgical pathways (both Grade 5) and have an open mind to both;  it primarily comes down to the dog, the preparedness of the owner and most importantly what access you have to services in your area that are...

Bogart’s Journey – A Lesson in Determination and Courage

I am sharing this to encourage new members who have been understandably overwhelmed and confused about IVDD and what they should be doing to give their dog the best treatment for recovery. Whether surgery or conservative, the recovery period can be long and tiring at...