Wiggleless

Hey everyone!

I wanted to share with you a product that I am SO EXCITED about!

It’s called ‘Wiggleless’ and it’s essentially a very stiff vest/jacket that is worn by dogs with back problems. The jacket (which has metal rods sewn into it) offers the dog spinal stability and support, and prevents the dog from bending it’s spine too terribly much. It’s meant to be worn during the day, while the dog is being physical.. but can be taken off while the dog is as rest.

I, for one, am EXTREMELY excited about this. Jersey, in particular, has a really bad habit of wiggling from side-to-side– like a fish. When he is happy or excited, he wiggles.. And let me tell you, he is happy almost all the time! His wiggling really concerns me, but until now I didn’t know how I could deal with it.

I have just ordered a jacket for us, and promise to give it a full & proper review once it arrives. I imagine Jersey will need some time to grow accustomed to wearing it, as he doesn’t typically enjoy the feeling of clothing/things on his body… But I think that if I ease him into it, and give it time, he could get used to it.

Stay tuned!

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3 thoughts on “Wiggleless

  1. Hi there! I have been enjoying your blog since I stumbled upon it, and have an IVDD dachshund. In regards to back braces- Dodgerslist has this to say:

    “Orthotics such as a back brace should require an Rx from a board certified neurologist (ACVIM) who is well educated in disc disease. An ill fitting product that is not custom made can do more harm and the Rx would be for a specific reason.

    Dodgerslist has consulted with several neuro and rehab specialists. The overriding concern is that owners may buy a brace on their own thinking it will be instead of strict crate rest or think it would prevent a future disc problem.

    During a disc episode these are the concerns:
    – Getting them on without causing any more pain or damage to the spine is on top of the list. Too much movement to get the brace on is not good for a dog that you are trying to limit movement of the back.
    – Additional muscle atrophy in the spine is another big concern as muscle strength is very important to maintaining spinal health.
    – Unnecessary discomfort, pain and anxiety caused by having to wear this device tight enough to limit movement.
    – Braces would require monitoring for pressure (rub) sores. Also, if not properly fitted (not covering from thoracic down to tail) there is the potential to create a fulcrum. It is hard to immobilize the entire back and not end up creating a fulcrum that stresses out adjacent disks.
    – A brace would not be a preventative measure. Disc disease is the cause of prematurely aging discs…a disc problem happens at the point the disc has hardened too much. Any activity such as turning to lick a paw or putting on and off a brace could be the last straw for a disc that is no longer flexible.

    At this time there isn’t enough research on them for Dodgerslist to support their use with an IVDD dog.”

    Read more: http://dodgerslist.boards.net

    I am just sharing it, not because I think you should not get a brace, every person needs to do the best for their dogs and each person is an individual in a unique situation. I just want to share information and make sure you do get advice/fitting from a specialist. Many owners of IVDD dogs report wonderful things about a back brace. This is just food for thought….

    I am so glad your boys are well, and you have had no repeat episodes! 🙂

    Cheers,
    Sharelyn and Lady Penelope

    1. Those are really, really good points and excellent concerns! Thank you so much for your thoughtful, well written response.

      Personally, I would only be using this brace during walks and outings (so maybe 15-30 minutes per day). Jersey is more or less completely recovered from his episode, but I do find myself worrying when we are out on walks, or when he plays with other dogs. I think that having him in a jacket that is providing just a bit of extra support during those times would give me some serious peace of mind.

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