How to Make a Dog with a Slipped Disc Comfortable

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Formally known as intervertebral disc disease, slipped discs can be quite a painful and discomforting experience for dogs. It can be a result of a physical trauma from an accident such as falling from height, or from a gradual degeneration process from ageing. Here are some tips on making a dog with a slipped disc feel comfortable.

Get a Rear Leg Sling

A rear leg sling is necessary for dogs that need support for moving. The sling allows you to support some of the weight and pressure on the dog’s hind end. It can be especially helpful in situations when your dog might require extra mobility, such as when your dog needs to go or down the stairs, or if your dog is outside in uneven terrain.

Make Sure Your Dog Receives Proper Treatment

We assume you have already visited the vet but if that’s not the case then please do so for proper consultation and treatment of intervertebral disc disease. Vets may prescribe medication, such as pain killers, for your dog depending on the severity of the condition.

A Stress-Free Meal

Avoid having your dog bend down whenever he eats or drinks. You need to find elevated food and water bowls that won’t require your dog to bend down as much. Please do note, however, that there could be unintended side effects with using elevated food bowls, especially for larger dogs, so we suggest consulting with the vet first before you purchase an elevated bowl.

Put Your Dog on a Strict Crate Schedule

It’s important to limit your dog’s movement until he heals from the IVDD. It means you need to put your dog in a good-sized crate until he fully covers. The space should be small enough so that your dog isn’t able to jump, run, or do any other excessive body movements.

Get an Orthopaedic Dog Bed

As dogs get older, they start to have more problems with joints and other parts of the body such as the disc. One way to alleviate some of the pain is by letting your dog rest on an orthopaedic dog bed. These beds are specifically designed to reduce the amount of pressure on your dog’s joints while he rests. It would be a good addition to the crated area while the dog recovers from the herniated disc.


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