Dog back brace: WiggleLess (Treatment for dogs with IVDD)

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I’ve seen dogs with disc issues in the clinic, and my dear friend had a beagle that suffered from repetitive back injuries. That’s why I know how heartbreaking it can be to see your furbaby in pain. A dog back brace that supports and stabilizes the spine might have helped to ease anxiety ,pain and discomfort for these pups.
In this review, we’ll look at what a dog back brace is and when you should consider using one for your pal. Next we’ll talk about Intervertebral Disc Disease (IDD) – What it is? treatment options, causes symptoms, and more.
Finally, we’ll examine the Wiggleless back brace and compare it to a few other options on the market. So let’s get started.
A dog back brace is a device that’s designed to provide support and stability to the spine. It works much like a knee brace that people might wear after an injury or surgery. The brace will not cure disc disease or heal an injury, but it can help provide comfort and protection.
The Wiggleless Back Brace for Dogs is a 2-piece, patent-pending device that’s designed to provide stability and support to your pup’s back along with helping to relieve his stress. This new model is an upgrade from the original one-piece wrap that the company introduced in 2009.

WiggleLess® Back Brace Review

WiggleLess Back Brace

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Lisa founded WiggleLess and developed the back brace when her dachshund, June, was diagnosed with IVDD at just 2 years of age. Drawing on her life experience, Lisa went to work. She recalled how a back brace had helped her in the past and looked for a similar product for June. When she couldn’t find anything, Lisa worked with a seamstress to design one herself. It included strong boning to keep the back straight during activity. After reinjuring her back at 3 years, June continued to wear the brace until cancer took her.
Lisa upgraded the vest when she wanted to use a back brace for her other dachshund, Henry. He started to show signs of IVDD when he was 4 years old. After several rounds of crate rest and medications, Lisa knew Henry needed more. She redesigned the brace to fit his stockier body and shorter back. Henry was able to heal and never returned to the veterinarian for back problems.
Today, Lisa strives to share the same support to other pups in memory of her two sweet furbabies. If your dog has IVDD, Lisa’s mission is to help improve your pal’s quality of life and help you find peace of mind.

What We Like About It

What We Don't Like

With built-in boning and durable, lightweight material the Wiggleless Back Brace offers firm yet comfortable support for your special pal. This product would have provided valuable stability for the backs of some of the dogs with IVDD that we’ve treated.

How Does It Work?

The Wiggleless brace uses rigid boning to keep the spine straight and stable. This product does more than support your pooch’s back. It prevents your pal from making sudden twists and turns when he’s active. That helps prevent further injury. The snug fit can also help to keep Fido calm and relieve his stress. The brace is available in sizes ranging from extra small to large, and it has a two-piece design that allows you to properly fit the brace to your pup’s body.

How Do You Measure Your Dog for a Brace?

The people at Wiggleless understand that dogs come in all shapes and sizes. That’s why they have four sizes that are also adjustable to your pal’s proportions. To find the best fit, measure:
The length of your pup’s back from the base of his neck to the front of his thigh. This measurement will help you select the brace size.
The girth of your dog’s chest at its widest point(directly behind the front legs) to make sure the adjustability range works for him.

A Quick Review of the Features

How Does the Brace Provide Support? The patented built-in boning gives a rigid structure to the brace. The supports run the length of your dog’s body and stabilize the spine while preventing twisting or turning.
Is There a Leash Attached to the Back Brace? The brace does not come with a leash. However, it does have a sturdy D-ring where you can attach your pal’s leash. If you have a strong puller, you can also purchase a Sporn Non-Pull Harness from the company to wear over the brace.
Is the Dog Back Brace Washable? The company does not recommend machine washing for this product. You can use a damp cloth or sponge to clean the brace then lay it flat to dry. To remove loose hair or other debris from the velcro, use a vacuum wand or tweezers. Regular cleaning can help to extend the life of your product.
Can My Dog Go Potty While Wearing the Brace? Yes. The brace has a unisex design. When you properly fit the device to your pooch, it will not interfere with Fido doing his business. There should be no covered private parts.
A dog back brace is not your only option to help your furbaby recover from IVDD. You can also use a support sling or dog wheelchair to support your pal’s back. Let’s take a look at top rated examples of each product:

The Labra Veterinarian Approved K9 Support Sling

Labra Veterinarian Approved Dog Canine K9 Sling

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The Labra Support Sling comes in sizes for dogs weighing 20 pounds and up. It has a soft fleece lining and straps that you can adjust in length for easier use. The materials are durable and heavy-duty to support your pal’s weight. This product is for pups with limited mobility or a non-weight bearing injury.

Labra Sling Vs. Wiggleless Back Brace

If your dog needs help to walk and go to the bathroom, this product could be useful.

L'il Back Bracer Dog Back Brace

L'il Back Bracer Dog Back Brace

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The L’il Back Bracer is an orthopedic support brace. It comes in small, medium, and large sizes and can fit dogs with a back length of 11 inches or greater. This product has an ergonomic design to provide support and stability above and below the spine. You can adjust the brace to fit snugly on your special pal. Made from a medical grade, moisture wicking fabric, this device is easy to put on and take off. It also includes a D-ring where you can attach a leash.

L’il Back Bracer Vs. Wiggleless Back Brace

Huggiecart Dog Wheelchair Size 3R for Small Dogs

Huggiecart Dog Wheelchair

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The Huggiecart Wheelchair for Small Dogs with short legs works well if your pal is paralyzed or has limited use of his hind legs. It fits dogs weighing 18-40 pounds that have a belly to ground height of 11 inches or less. This product includes a chest harness, leg stirrups, and wheels with sidebars.

Huggiecart Wheelchair VS. Wiggleless Brace

If you have a furbaby with paralysis or very limited function in the hind legs, a wheelchair like this one could enhance your pal’s quality of life.

A Side Note From The Vet Before Buying a Dog Back Brace

The main reason a veterinarian recommends a back brace is to help treat Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). However, this device can also come in handy to support and comfort a dog with arthritis in the spine, an obese canine, or for pups with other back conditions.

If your dog has back problems, a brace may be beneficial for him. Fido can’t tell you how he’s feeling with words. You need to watch him for signs or behaviors that indicate he’s having issues. Look for:
If you note one or more of the signs listed above, contact your veterinarian. Your pal’s doctor can run a diagnostic evaluation to confirm and identify the source of Fido’s back problems. The examination and tests for IVDD and other conditions commonly include:
Once your dog’s doctor reaches a diagnosis, he’ll recommend a treatment plan that may include a dog back brace.
IVDD, also called a slipped or herniated disc is a condition where one or more of the intervertebral discs in the spine degenerates or ruptures.
Normally, the discs are hard, fibrous capsules with an inner, gel-like core. When they degenerate, the central core dehydrates and mineralizes, or becomes hard. This process often leads to the disc pushing out of the intervertebral space and pressing against the spinal cord.
Discs can bulge out of their normal location slowly over time, or they can rupture explosively. The signs you see in your pal vary depending on the rate of onset, location, and severity of the disc protrusion.

Which Breeds Are More Likely to Develop IVDD?

As we mentioned above, some dog breeds have a greater tendency to develop IVDD. These dogs can have a genetic defect that results in chondrodystrophy (abnormal cartilage formation):

Causes of IVDD

There are a number of factors that can contribute to or cause IVDD.

Symptoms of IVDD

Depending on the severity of your dog’s condition, you may notice any of the following symptoms:
If your dog shows any of these signs, contact your veterinarian. The sooner you get treatment for Fido, the better his chances of avoiding permanent nerve damage.
The course of treatment for IVDD will depend on the signs and severity of the disease. Treatment can include one or more of the options below:
Surgical: If your pup shows signs of severe pain and tests indicate that the spinal cord is compressed, your vet will likely recommend surgery. The procedure involves removing the affected disc and a portion of the neighboring vertebra to relieve the pressure.
Acupuncture: In acupuncture, a trained veterinarian inserts very fine, sterile needles into specific locations in your dog’s body. This can help relieve pain and inflammation for some patients.
Laser treatment:
Cold laser therapy can be useful on its own or in combination with other treatments. This procedure helps to reduce pain and inflammation and increases blood flow to the affected area to enhance healing.
Confinement/activity restriction: With any of the non-surgical options, you’ll want to confine your pooch and restrict their activity for an average of 4-6 weeks. Provide support and care when they need to go potty and do a minimum of therapeutic exercises.
Medications: To help your pal manage the pain and to reduce inflammation, Fido’s doctor may prescribe:

Medication for IVDD

As we mentioned above, Fido’s doctor may prescribe medications to treat IVDD.. Always consult with and follow your vet’s directions involving any drugs you may use to treat the disease.
If your dog suffers from IVDD or other spine problems, you can help improve his quality of life with a Wiggleless Back Brace.
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Dr. Libby Guise earned her DVM from the University of Minnesota in 1994. After working in private practice in Wisconsin for two years, she joined the USDA as a Veterinary Medical Officer. In 2011, Libby came home to focus on raising and teaching her adoptive daughter. She lives in Wisconsin with her daughter, husband, and two furbabies: Charis, a lab-mix rescue pup, and Chesed, a Springer Spaniel.

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