IVDD ASSIST RECIPIENTS

Proudly assisting Australian owners
of dachshunds affected by IVDD

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SIZZLE
VIC

Gifted La Luna Pet Stroller
Community Underwriting Grant
June 2022

IVDD Assist Sizzle

 

Sizzle has been his owner’s best friend and companion since he was 3 months old. Through the hardest and challenging of times, he has never left her side, never missing the opportunity to lick tears away. He truly is a special boy.

It’s not uncommon given the signs & symptoms of an impending IVDD episode for it to be misdiagnosed, and often dogs are sent home on pain relief and rest. This is what happened with Sizzle when the following morning he was unable to walk at all, paralysed and crying in unbearable pain.  He was rushed into ARH Essendon Fields for a 2nd opinion and emergency surgery was performed that day!
He is now back home in the loving arms of his family; his best buddy Yogie has gone away for a few days tripping in the truck with his furdad so he can settle into his new normal routine.
 
To help with recovery IVDD Assist has gifted this well-deserving family a La Luna Stroller for sleeping in around the house while recovering and gentle walks for mental health. The La Luna Stroller comes with a detachable car capsule which is great for human backs, convenient for specialist appointments and for just cruising … which we are told Sizzle loves.

Happy healing Sizzle, love from the Team at DISA

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WILLA
NSW

Gifted Rehabilitation Sessions
Community Underwriting Grant
May 2022

Willa IVDD Assist

Willa IVDD Assist
Willa IVDD Assist

Willa is an adorable little 7-year-old from Newcastle NSW Australia.  In May, after greeting her family when they returned home, she lay down in pain and sadly within a few short hours paralysis had set in, she was unable to stand.

Eventually, after seeking a 2nd opinion from a veterinary clinic that understood IVDD, she was diagnosed with high-grade IVDD.  Willa’s family (2 adults, 2 young kids 4 and 5) were heartbroken at her diagnosis and future prognosis.  Her fur-brother Bane just sits next to her cage and is literally her carer when the family aren’t around.

Willa’s family weren’t prepared to say goodbye to their little chocolate dapple girl and set about researching treatment options.   A conservative pathway was adopted working alongside a Qualified Rehab Specialist to give her the best chance at living a happy new normal.  Conservative treatment is essentially a course of action where the affected discs are given time to heal and regenerate, and often coupled with allied therapies, supplements, and lots and lots of patience.

To give Willa a “little leg up” IVDD Assist has gifted 2 x rehabilitation sessions to aid her healing journey, you got this Willa, with love from your friends at DISA.

 

 

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SKIPPER
WA

Gifted Pet Stroller & IVDD comfort pack and aids
Community Underwriting Grant
April 2022

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Skipper IVDD Assist

From living on a yacht for 2 years, going off-grid for an adventure in the country, to currently overseeing the building of a custom built by his owners Nick & Adele in the historic town of York WA, Skipper the 5-year-old short-haired mini-Dachshund has lived a life of adventure, love, and companionship.

None more so when in 2019 Skipper became the constant companion to 7-year-old Mia Lorraine (Nick & Adele’s granddaughter) who sadly lost her battle with an aggressive and rare cancer 9 months later.  Mia Lorraine wanted to be a vet when she grew up and the love between them both knew no bounds, he understood her more than words. He would visit and sit with her when she was so sick and unable to speak, he knew how she felt and would just lay by her and give her comfort. 

So, when Skipper recently went down with high-grade IVDD (4-5) his family were devastated and financially not in a great place.  But knowing how much he had helped during their darkest days they knew that letting their boy go wasn’t an option. With the guidance of a knowledgeable vet and after reading through our website (www.ivdd.org.au), they decided to adopt a conservative management pathway which has proven time and again to provide positive results, particularly when owners, professionals and dogs collaborate and dedicate themselves to the cause. As we often say, “never say never to a Dachshund”.

To help Skipper on his recovery journey, IVDD Assist has gifted him a Buddy & Belle Pet Stroller, DISA Stroller Badge & LickiMat and because it gets very chilly in York over the winter months, a Cuddle Therapy Pack (Cuddle Sack & Heat Pack). We hope you enjoy your outings with your family Skipper, heal gently, sending love and warm hugs from your friends at DISA.

Footnote:
Mia’s family have been raising funds for a therapy dog for the Perth Children’s Hospital. If you would like to help this worthy cause, we welcome you to visit https://www.mycause.com.au/p/240105/furever-perfect

 

 

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LARRY
SA

Gifted Alternative Therapy Sessions
Community Underwriting Grant
March 2022

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Larry is a 6-year-old Dachshund from South Australia who was recently bitten by the IVDD bug when he started to show some typical signs of an impending IVDD episode, tight stomach, knuckling and wobbly walking.

His fur-mum set about researching the possible options available in the management and treatment of an IVDD episode and it was decided, with the guidance of a great “holistic” vet, to approach his IVDD management conservatively (non-surgically).

Conservative treatment requires patience and time. It’s all about healing and pain management where nature is allowed to take its course and the affected area is encouraged to heal through extended rest and accompanied by gentle modalities such as acupuncture, laser, and even diet and supplements.  Larry’s vet has been performing numerous modalities, including acupuncture on “bad backs” within the veterinary field for many years so IVDD Assist has gifted 3 x Acupuncture & Therapy Sessions to aid Larry in his treatment plan.

Patience is the key to conservative treatment and of course lots of cuddles and love, gentle healing Larry.

 

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DAISY
FNQ

Gifted Eddie’s Wheels
Community Underwriting Grant
February 2022

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Daisy is an adorable little chocolate girl who lives in Rockhampton QLD. In November last year, she went down with high-grade IVDD and underwent emergency surgery and then spent the proceeding months undergoing rehabilitation by her dedicated fur-mum (who is also a human nurse).
 
Earlier this year, despite paraplegia, she was given a clean bill of health by her consulting specialist and it was recommended that she be given her independence with the use of a doggie wheelchair.
 
Finding a set of wheels that fitted Daisy was fraught with frustration due to her deep chest and short legs. After much research, it was decided on a set of Eddie’s Wheels that are custom made in the USA. Precise measurements were taken and everyone held their breath awaiting their arrival. During this time DISA reached out to offer to gift $350 towards the cost of the wheels as being an imported item, the exchange rate and freight had all but doubled the cost!
 
Daisy’s wheels arrived mid-February and with a little help from some “wheelie dog” specialists she took to them like a duck to water and is now enjoying her newfound freedom with her family, and living her best life.
 

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CONNIE
VIC

Gifted La Luna Stroller
Community Underwriting Grant
January 2022

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Connie lives with her best friend Pedro and her awesome family in
Gippsland Victoria.

Connie went down suddenly with Grade 5 IVDD in August 2021 and was rushed to Southpaws in Melbourne, 2 hours by car. She underwent surgery that night where a major discectomy was performed. After discharge, due to the rural location and lack of rehabilitation services in the area, her family has lovingly undertaken her rehabilitation and ongoing care, forever hopeful that she will one day walk again.

She is a feisty determined girl and as we see often with these tenacious little hounds, never say never. She still has no independent bowel or bladder control and cannot yet walk, but she has her best mate Pedro and a family who truly loves her.

After receiving Connie’s application, we just knew that we needed to give this family a little leg up. We decided on a stroller as we understand how important mental health is when coping with a disabled dog, for all members of the family, and of course, Connie and Pedro could once again enjoy outings together. It was a no brainer!

This week Connie and her family became the recipients of a La Luna Stroller, made possible by the generosity of Community Underwriting https://www.communityunderwriting.com.au/ who awarded our organisation a grant to assist owners struggling with the burden of being owned by an IVDD Dachshund. To be able to give owners a little leg up brings sunshine in what can be a truly difficult time, both emotionally and financially.

Now a final word from Connie’s mum ….
The pram has arrived, and it is amazing!
And even better is that Connie absolutely loves it. She now scoots over to it and barks as if to say, “mummy take me out!”

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DAISY
FNQ

Pay it Forward Donation by a generous Supporter
Re-gifted La Luna Stroller
January 2022

Daisy IVDD Assist

HONEY
NSW

Gifted Rehabilitation sessions
December 21 & January 2022

Honey IVDD Assist

CINNAMON
QLD

Gifted GingerLead walking sling
September 2021

Cinnamon IVDD Assist

RUBY
QLD

Gifted IVDD Aids
September 2021

Ruby IVDD Assist

BOYS FAMILY
NSW

Gifted Pet Gear Stroller
Jan 2019

stroller

DIGBY
VIC

Gifted EMS Machine
Jan 2019

IVDD Assist

PEANUT & SNICKERS
QLD

Gifted Pet Gear Stroller
Jan 2019

IVDD Assist

PHILLIP
VIC

Gifted Pet Gear Stroller
Apr 2019

phillip ivdd assist

NEVILLE
VIC

Gifted Pet Gear Stroller
June 2020

Bridie IVDD Assist

JASPER
QLD

Gifted AirLift Harness
June 2019

 

Jasper Air Lift

STRETCH
QLD

Gifted Pet Gear Stroller
June 2019

Stroller

MISHKA
VIC

Gifted AirLift Walking Harness
Feb 2019

IVDD Assist

JOLIE
QLD

Gifted Rehabilitation Sessions
March 2018

Jolie IVDD Assist

WILLOW
QLD

Gifted WiggleLess Back Brace
June 2018

wiggleless back brace

MAX
QLD

Gifted WiggleLess Back Brace
April 2018

Max wiggleless

LUCIA
QLD

Gifted Pet Gear Stroller
December 2018

IVDD Assist Stroller

CHLOE
VIC

Gifted Aussie Wheels
Feb 2018

Chloe IVDD Assist

FRANK
QLD

Gifted DISA Custom Drag Dag
April 2016

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LEONARD
NSW

Gifted Custom Aussie Wheels
May 2015

Leonard

JOSHIE
VIC

Gifted Walkin’ Wheels
Nov 2014
(Crossed the Rainbow Bridge Sept 2020 – Always in our hearts)

Walkin Wheels

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