D2D logo

Caring for Your  IVDD Dog

It's a scary and upsetting experience when your dog comes down with IVDD and, whether they have had surgery or need crate rest, the same problems can apply. Here are some commonly asked questions about coping with your recovering dog and don't forget to look at our equipment loan page to see what we can help you with.

Home Care During IVDD Recovery

Home Care Basics

A crate or pen is usually needed to help keep your dog safe following on from surgery or during conservative treatment. You may need to support your dog with a sling during early attempts at walking. You dog may also need help in keeping clean and assistance with toileting.

These links give approved advice to help you manage your IVDD dachshund at home:

Home care notes from the Rehab Vet

Crate or pen rest help from the Rehab Vet

Advice for dog owners on crates and pens from the Rehab Vet (pdf file)

Rehabilitation is often advised following surgery or conservative treatment and requires a referral from your vet to a qualified therapist.

Link to approved advice on rehabilitation:

Therapy and treatment to aid your dachshund's rehabilitation

Many dogs get distressed when they are in the confinement of a crate or pen, especially those that aren’t crate trained. It is essential for their recovery that they remain confined to ensure that they don’t injure themselves by running around and jumping.

Helping your dachshund whilst they are confined to resting

Owning a dachshund involves adopting a lifestyle to help keep them fit and healthy through all their life stages and to help reduce the risk of IVDD.


Each dog should be fed a well-balanced diet designed for his or her life stage. To keep the dog at an ideal weight, it is important to measure out the amount of food offered each day. Your vet can advise you on your dog’s ideal weight and diet. Supplements are generally not needed if a balanced diet is fed.


During recovery from IVDD, any outdoor activity will need to be slow and on the lead. A walking harness offers more support and safe control than a neck collar during recovery.

Choosing a harness for your IVDD dachshund

Neutering is not recommended until the dog/bitch is a minimum of 12 months old as there are higher instances of dogs developing IVDD that were neutered before 12 months of age.

Read more about neutering here

Dachshunds are notoriously known for launching themselves into fresh air, but sensible precautions should be taken to reduce the risk of shock injuries causing IVDD incidents.

Find out more about managing stairs and jumping here

Wheels are best reserved for those dogs who are still unable to walk on their own after months of owner-assisted walking. Once the dog relies on wheels to get about, he is less likely to go on to make the effort to relearn to walk on his own. Sling-walking, supported standing, provision of non-slip flooring and walk-retraining with guidance from a physiotherapist are all recommended before resorting to wheels.

When to think about wheels for your IVDD dog

equipment loan

symptoms of IVDD

recovery from IVDD

IVDD Facebook Group

Donate to D2D