Combating IVDD

Phototherapy Solutions for Dogs

Patient Profile


Ruckus a three year old MN French Bulldog presented to the PetLight after a collision with another pet in the dog park and a history of injury from jumping off the couch.

His owner reports,”he first started going to PetLight after he thought he was’ superdog’ and could fly off the couch…he injured his neck”. His physical exam revealed that he could no longer turn his head to the left or look up and also some pain in his thoraco-lumbar spine, “…with the help of regular PetLight sessions and crate rest, he healed. Eighteen months later, “he threw out his back playing too hard at the dog park, more light sessions helped again.”

Now Ruckus is an emotional support animal for his teacher/ mom and attends school with her. He especially loves Halloween, and continues his activities while coming in once a month for PetLight tune ups.

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Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is a common and often painful spinal condition that primarily affects dogs, although it can also affect other pets. As a pet owner, it’s crucial to be aware of this condition, its symptoms, and available treatment options. In this article, we will delve into IVDD, focusing on its causes, symptoms, conventional treatments, and how PetLight Therapy Center can provide an innovative solution using phototherapy for effective management and recovery.

What is IVDD?

IVDD is a degenerative condition that affects the intervertebral discs, the cushion-like structures between the vertebrae of the spine. These discs provide flexibility and shock absorption to the spine. When IVDD occurs, these discs deteriorate or become displaced, leading to pain, nerve damage, and potentially paralysis in affected pets.

Causes and Risk Factors

IVDD is multifactorial, with both genetic and environmental factors playing a role. Common causes and risk factors include:

  • Breed Predisposition: Certain breeds, such as Dachshunds, Cocker Spaniels, and Bulldogs, are more prone to IVDD due to their genetics.
  • Obesity: Excess weight places added stress on the spine, increasing the risk of disc degeneration.
  • Aging: Older pets are more susceptible to IVDD as the discs naturally degenerate over time.
  • Trauma: Accidents or injuries can trigger IVDD, especially in active dogs.

Symptoms of IVDD

Recognizing the signs of IVDD is crucial for early intervention. Common symptoms include:

  • Back or Neck Pain: Pets may show signs of discomfort, reluctance to move, or vocalization when touched.
  • Weakness or Paralysis: IVDD can lead to limb weakness, loss of coordination, and even paralysis in severe cases.
  • Loss of Bladder or Bowel Control: Pets may have accidents indoors due to nerve damage affecting urinary and bowel function.

Conventional Treatments for IVDD

Traditional treatment options for IVDD typically involve a combination of rest, pain medication, anti-inflammatory drugs, and physical therapy. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove or repair damaged discs. While these treatments can be effective, they may not always provide complete relief or address the underlying issue.

Phototherapy: A Revolutionary Approach to IVDD Treatment

PetLight Therapy Center offers an innovative and non-invasive solution for managing IVDD in dogs using phototherapy, also known as light therapy. Our therapy is delivered through the PetLight system, which uses high-intensity LEDs to stimulate the body’s natural healing response.

How Phototherapy Can Help with IVDD

Phototherapy provides several benefits for pets with IVDD:

  • Pain Relief: LED light energy stimulates the release of endorphins, providing natural pain relief.
  • Reduced Inflammation: Phototherapy helps control inflammation, minimizing tissue damage and promoting healing.
  • Improved Mobility: By alleviating pain and reducing inflammation, phototherapy can enhance a pet’s mobility and overall quality of life.
  • Non-Invasive: Unlike surgery, phototherapy is non-invasive and safe, minimizing the risks associated with more invasive procedures.
  • Accelerated Healing: Phototherapy can expedite the healing process, helping pets recover more quickly.

IVDD can be a challenging condition for both pets and their owners, but with early diagnosis and effective treatment, many pets can regain their mobility and lead fulfilling lives. PetLight Therapy Center offers a cutting-edge solution through phototherapy, providing pain relief, reducing inflammation, and promoting healing in pets with IVDD. Our commitment to your pet’s well-being, backed by innovative therapies and a team of experienced professionals, makes us a top choice for managing and improving the quality of life for pets with IVDD. If your furry companion is struggling with IVDD, consider phototherapy at PetLight Therapy Center as a safe, non-invasive, and highly effective treatment option.