5 FUN WAYS TO GET OUT THIS SUMMER IF YOUR PET HAS IVDD
Caring for a pet who has Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) can often make you feel as if there aren’t any fun things to do with your pup. However, IVDD shouldn’t stand in your way while trying to give your pet the best life possible! Here are a few fun activities to do with your pup that won’t upset their IVDD and will keep them engaged.
1. CAR RIDES
Car rides are a super fun and safe activity for many dogs! More often than not, car rides don’t involve much moving around which means they’re great for getting out with a sore back. Turn up the notch on the ol’ car ride by putting fuzzy blankets and cool toys in the car for your pup to snuggle up with during the ride. Roll the windows down while you drive on a scenic route listening to your pups favorite music or stop at a restaurant for a quick treat! The possibilities for adventure are endless!
2. SHORT WALKS
It may feel as though your pup shouldn’t be allowed to walk anywhere themselves. However, if your pup seems able to walk on their own then they can go for short walks around the neighborhood! Be sure to avoid any steps to prevent jumping or excessive back movements. Stretching your pups legs will help them feel more confident even if they have IVDD and will help strengthen their hind muscles.
3. PET STROLLERS
If your pup doesn’t feel up for a walk around the neighborhood but loves to say hi to everyone around, then a pet stroller is a great way to get them out safely! Strollers are also a great option for hot summer days since they provide your pup with a l’il extra shade and prevent their paws from being scorched by the concrete.
4. PET BACKPACKS
Neighborhood life not your pup’s thing? No worries! They can still get out and enjoy nature without aggravating their IVDD symptoms. Pet backpacks are a seemingly silly solution but actually allow your pet to stick with you on hikes! Backpacks are a great option for scenic areas where strollers just don’t make sense that your pup will love. For pups prone to IVDD flare-ups, be sure to get a backpack designed specifically to allow your pet to stand freely or lay down horizontally. This eases the pressure on the spine which is great for pups with IVDD.
5. FITPAWS PLAYTIME
If your pup still has energy to burn off after all these activities then adding a physical therapy session is a great idea! Physical therapy may not sound like much fun but with the FitPAWS products, it can be the new puppy playground. Using FitPAWS balance equipment, such as the K9FITbone or Flexiness Twindisc, is a fun way to challenge your pup while helping them strengthen the muscles along their spine. Strengthening these muscles in a fun, engaging way helps to stabilize the spine and prevent future IVDD flare-ups.
IVDD shouldn’t stop your pet from getting out and living their best, most active life. Getting them out of the crate and out of the house is the simplest way to improve your pups mood and get them engaged with their surroundings. Adding a L’il Back Bracer or Haute L’il Back Bracer is also a great way to help keep their backs supported and while reducing the chance of aggravating their IVDD symptoms. A Haute Wheels Dog Wheelchair can also help for those who may have become paralyzed due to their IVDD but are still ready to run or roll!