Top 10 Breeds Exposed to IVDD
What is IVDD?
Intervertebral Disc Disease is a crippling disease that is common in dogs with longer spines, heavier set weight, or underlying physical conditions. It is a herniated or slipped disc on the spine caused by excessive and constant jolts of pressure, most commonly caused by jumping off of elevated surfaces such as couches and beds. Bad jumping habits like this can very well lead to permanent damage, and temporary solutions such as wheelchairs are used for dogs who suffer from the most common result of this disease, paralysis.
#10 German Shepard
Although deemed as athletic and explosive, German Sheperd’s hyper tendencies and youthful build do not mix well with the structure of their long spines. Although most cases of IVDD within German Shepards aren’t commonly serious, back injuries and issues are definitely common in this breed.
Labrador Retrievers are in a very similar case to German Shepards. Aside from their behavior, their bone and joint structure in their legs are slightly smaller in proportion to their spines, causing more weight and pressure to be added in their discs. IVDD typically catches up to this breed as they get older.
These extremely small dogs get the rough end of the stick with IVDD. Their stubby legs and long spine work against each other. This breed also tends to see IVDD come into the picture with age, but it is also not atypical to see this breed suffer from this disease. Although their lack of speed and agility help prevent them from injury, they are definitely one of the more common breeds to get IVDD.
Although it is not common to think about, poodles actually have one of the longer spines in dogs in comparison to average-sized dogs. IVDD in poodles is not a stranger to these breeds, striking them most commonly in the beginning of the second half of their lives.
A smaller dog with an elongated back. Their legs allow the boldness and opportunity to jump on and off higher surfaces, which ultimately works against the health of their spine. This breed also lies on the lesser side of athleticism in terms of build and body type, making them a very prone breed to IVDD.
This breed is known for their heavier bodies. With their weight and shorter legs, the infamous combination inflicts an unfortunate amount of damage to their backs, making them a very common breed prone to IVDD, despite the fact that their backs are pretty proportionate to their bodies.
Even though their legs aren’t typically on the stubbier side, an iconic feature in all beagles is the length of their backs. The susceptibility increases drastically with these dogs from the amount of speed and activity harnessed in the minds of these dogs. Their legs can be long enough to jump on and off furniture, creating more wiggle room to injuries and stress to their backs.
The abnormalities in how these dogs are bred are what ultimately works against them. It is very common to see IVDD take away the lives of Shih-Tzu’s at a young age. Their backs are very vulnerable and sensitive to added weight and pressure. There isn’t much lumbar support within these breeds which causes a frequent amount of suspension on their back.
Corgis are cursed with possibly the worst combination of features to have when it comes to the susceptibility of IVDD. Their weight, stubby legs, and length of their back all come into play. Corgis are one of the most common breeds to suffer from the symptoms of IVDD with their odd posture and energy.
The breed that suffers more than any other breed, the Dachshund. Their profoundly long backs make them the most diagnosed dog by a long shot. 1 in every 4 dachshunds will suffer from IVDD in their life. A dachshund disc can slip simply from how they are held.
3 Ways to Prevent IVDD
#3 Control Weight
To the human eye, seeing a dog that is overweight may seem cute and adorable, but realistically that is an irresponsible pet owner (based on the breed of dog). Added weight puts more stress and pressure right to dogs’ joints, muscles, and especially their spines. Obese dogs can’t exercise as much, creating more exposure to weakening their entire body. Dogs who are overweight are very susceptible to IVDD, so monitoring diet and eating habits are very crucial not only to your dog’s spine health but overall health.
#2 Use a Harness
Leashes that solely wrap around your dog’s neck is a deathwish for dogs that are prone to IVDD. The yanking and tugging is very harmful to their spinal structure and adds an unnecessary amount of pressure to their backs. A harness that wraps around their bodies creates an equal distribution of weight when tugging occurs.
#1 The PawRamp
The PawRamp is the most common and trending product for dog owners that want to prevent IVDD in their dogs. It provides safe and easy access on and off elevated surfaces like beds and couches, preventing any sort of high impact injuries caused by jumping. It has adjustable heights, making it versatile for any type of surface you want your dog to have access to within your household.