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Pet Strollers with an IVDD dog

While pet strollers can be a good thing for us humans and dogs alike during crate rest, they should be used with caution and certain restrictions. Indoor use during the medical management phase of 8 weeks or for post-op IVDD dogs on 6 weeks of crate rest can be very helpful.

Cautions:
  1. No stroller ride outside until the dog is no longer on any medications and there is no evidence of pain whatsoever. Even then, stroller rides should only be on smooth flat surfaces. Stroller rides outside can undo healing because roads and sidewalks or other terrains are not smooth and therefore the jostling causes movement in the back which can worsen the disc episode or cause a setback. Waiting until crate rest is over for a stroll would be best.
  2. Never leave a dog unattended in a stroller. They are crafty, sly, and yes - talented and skilled! They can nose open the zippered mesh closure and escape. Secure the zipper handles with a twist tie. Unattended, they may decide to get rambunctious and inadvertently tip the stroller over.
  3. Make sure the interior of the stroller is large enough for the dog to fully and comfortably stretch out in. Measure your dog from nose to tail and then add about 6 inches more. Compare the dimension you get with that of the stroller's interior dimensions. Be careful and make sure you are reading interior dimensions and you are sure which of the measurements are the length, width, and height. Usually the largest dimension is the height not length.


Positives:

  1. It may be easier for us to lift them in and out of.
  2. The dog may also accept the environment better than a traditional wire crate.
  3. It is more convenient for moving the dog easily from room to room.
  4. It can also help to prevent boredom by wheeling the dog up to a window or the couch or chair where they feel closer to us and we can slip our arm in.


The main goal during crate rest is healing and not entertainment. We need to be sure that we always provide the most conducive environment for healing to take place so that the dog is given the very best opportunity for recovery. Used wisely and with appropriate caution, a stroller can help us make the healing environment a little more convenient.

Tips:

  1. The larger the wheels, the sturdier the stroller will be, the easier it is to push, and it will provide a more comfortable and stable ride.
  2. Consider the terrain you'll be strolling over, the bigger the wheels the better it will handle a variety of terrains.
  3. You can find reviews of pet strollers here: http://www.dodgerslist.com/links.htm
Remember: Rest and restricted movement of the spine is the key to healing during crate rest recovery.

Reviews:
Pet Gear NV No Zip Stroller:  http://dodgerslist.boards.net/thread/2055/tylers-new-pet-stroller

 

Disclaimer:
This information is presented for educational purposes and as a resource for the Dachshund community. The coordinators are not veterinarians or health care profession
als. Nothing herein should be interpreted as medical advice and all should contact their pet care professionals for advice. The coordinators are not responsible for the substance and content contained herein and do not advocate any particular product, item or position contained herein.

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