Understanding and Preventing IVDD in French Bulldogs

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Understanding and Preventing IVDD in French Bulldogs

French Bulldogs, beloved for their charming and affectionate nature, are unfortunately prone to a variety of health issues, including Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). As leaders in canine physiotherapy and rehabilitation in Australia, we are committed to educating pet owners on how to recognize, manage, and potentially prevent this debilitating condition.

What is IVDD?
IVDD occurs when the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst into the spinal cord space. These disc issues can lead to pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis. French Bulldogs are especially at risk due to their genetic makeup and physical structure.

Symptoms of IVDD in French Bulldogs
Owners should watch for signs of pain which could include reluctance to exercise or jump, difficulty climbing stairs, neck stiffness, or changes in gait including unsteadiness or dragging of limbs. Any of these can be indications of IVDD, and immediate veterinary consultation is advised to prevent further complications.

Preventative Measures
Weight Management: Keeping your French Bulldog at a healthy weight reduces the strain on their spine and can decrease the risk of IVDD.
Regular Exercise: Controlled, regular exercise helps maintain strong muscles to support the spine. However, avoid high-impact activities that could damage the spine such as rough play with others and ball chasing.
Proper Nutrition: A diet rich in nutrients that support joint and spine health can also play a crucial role in preventing IVDD.
Ergonomic Living Spaces: Ensure that your dog’s living space is equipped to prevent injuries. Use ramps or steps where needed if allowed on the furniture, place mats or runners down over slippery floor surfaces and consider orthopaedic bedding.

Managing IVDD
If your French Bulldog is diagnosed with IVDD, veterinary treatment can vary from conservative management, like rest and medications, to surgical interventions in more severe cases. Rehabilitation therapies such as physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, laser and acupuncture have also shown excellent results in managing symptoms and improving quality of life whether IVDD is being managed conservatively or after surgery.

At Dogs In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Clinic, we understand the special place French Bulldogs hold in their owners' hearts. We are here to provide not only treatment but also education to ensure your pets lead the healthiest, happiest lives possible. For more information on IVDD and the services we offer, contact us today.

About Michelle Monk

I am completely passionate about providing access to rehabilitation for as many dogs and their owners as possible. Not just through my own clinics but also by teaching other health professionals such as Vets, Vet Nurses and Physiotherapists how to provide quality rehabilitation in their clinics.