Intervertebral Disk Disease

Veterinary physiotherapy and rehab, providing a holistic approach to your pets health


Intervertebral Disk Disease

Holistic treatments from experienced professionals

What is IVDD?

Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) or also called slipped disk, is caused by a degeneration of the intervertebral disks. This results in a reduction in the  shock absorbing capacity of the disks, leading to the disk breaking down causing pressure on the spinal cord. Dwarf breeds typically have disproportionately short limbs and can suffer from early disk degeneration, therefore increasing their risk of disc rupture. IVDD most commonly affects  the mid back, but can also affect other areas of the spine.

Severity of IVDD

How severely your pet is affected by IVDD is usually graded 1-5, presentation can vary from spinal musculature hypersensitivity and a wobbly gait, to complete paraplegia and incontinence. Depending upon your pets signs and symptoms can influence the management strategy that your vet recommends.

Corgi- susceptible breed to IVDD

How can we treat your pet with IVDD?

We offer a range of holistic services for IVDD, including electro-acupuncture, herbs, physiotherapy, laser and shockwave. 

How can electro-acupuncture help my pet with IVDD?

Electro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed through pairs of needles. the patient will feel a tingling sensation. Electro-acupuncture has, shown to improve the regaining of neurological function as well as preventing pain.

How can physiotherapy help my pet with IVDD?

Whether your pet is being managed conservatively or surgically for IVDD, physiotherapy is a crucial part of your dogs rehabilitation success. A proactive approach to rehabilitation is encouraged and we would implore pet owners to seek professional guidance as soon as their vet is happy. 

It is common for pets affected by IVDD to experience significant muscle loss to the affected limbs whilst on crate rest. This can prolong their recovery, taking longer to rebuild strength. Our veterinary physiotherapist can provide a range of modalities, support and guidance to reduce this.

In the early stages of rehabilitation, some of the main focuses are reducing pain and inflammation to the affected area and surrounding musculature, maintaining soft tissue flexibility, improving core strength and posture and stimulating a sensory response to limbs affected by reduced sensation. Laser can be effective for reducing pain and aiding tissue healing over surgery cites, we also use muscle stimulation to activate muscles to try and maintain as much strength as possible. 

As the patient progresses we turn our focus more towards improving their balance, proprioception and strength. Aiming to return your pet to their previous level of exercise. 

Can I claim through my insurance?

Most insurance companies will cover/contribute towards our services. However, we always advise checking with your insurance company regarding your individual policy

Do I need a referral from my vets?

If you get in touch with us, we are more then happy to contact your primary vets to organise consent for treatment, if needed. 

Where are we located?

We are located just outside of Blisworth, between Northampton and Towcester. Our clinic is at the Blisworth Marina, providing a peaceful, relaxing setting with ample parking. Click here to find us on google maps. 

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Sally Earle
Sally Earle
2024-06-04
My beautiful cat Chester spent a week in our local vets having being diagnosed with a tumour on his liver and only narrowly surviving an internal bleed. Although they did an amazing job upon discharge we were advised that his prognosis was very poor and we wanted to bring him home so that we could spend his remaining time with us. I immediately made an appointment to see Dr Rinnert hoping to make him as comfortable as possible without his poorly liver having to cope with strong medication. Nearly four months down the line under Dr Rinnert’s care Chester is putting on weight and looking healthier than ever. Dr Rinnert never makes you feel rushed, I cannot thank you enough for the care you have given to Chester enabling us to spend more precious time with him.
Gail Whyte
Gail Whyte
2024-05-31
I've been seeing Dr Rinnert with my young staffy for around 8 months now and I can't recommend him highly enough. He took the time to really listen and understand my concerns about his symptoms and has been kind and empathetic throughout. The acupuncture and herbs have made such a huge difference to his condition and he's a much happier dog generally now.
Nigel Fosroc
Nigel Fosroc
2024-05-04
My Thomas, 13 years old chihuahua, could barely stand up on his back legs due to neurological condition. Thanks to the diagnosis, acupuncture treatment, herbal remedies and laser therapy prescribed and administered by Dr. Rinnert, my Thomas is walking reasonably again and this has given us hope and massively improved his quality of life. If your loved animal is suffering similar condition I would very much recommend contacting the practice for an asessment.
Dawn Brooke
Dawn Brooke
2024-04-26
Absolutely 5 stars 🌟 from me ! I contacted Holistic vet care after my 14.5 year old dog with heart disease and arthritis had a bad reaction to pain medication and diuretics , he was not in a good way and I was really struggling to get him right , it was an extremely stressful time and i was starting to think I was running out of options for my boy , a friend recommended Rinnert and I was keen to try the holistic route ....how glad am I that i did ! I can honestly say it's been a game changer for him. At the first session we had a very thorough conversation about Bazzil’s condition , followed by Rinnert setting to work on tailoring the acupuncture treatment for his speciific problems , he explained Bazzils issues from a Chinese medicine point of view and at last everything made sense to me , the deficiencies and imbalances present , reasons why he was having the reactions to the meds etc . After that first session I could see a difference in how Bazzil was feeling / moving and this continued to improve with follow ups and , along with his herbs prescribed he is doing so well , his health is very stable, so much better than i thought could be achieved and I can't thank Rinnert enough for helping us ... he has such a calming energy that it isn't just Bazzil who benefits...I was a ball of stress on the first visit , but walked out feeling like I'd had a treatment too !! Also, if you are concerned because your pet gets stressed in a vetinary environment as I was , don't be , Bazzil is happy to walk into the the practice ( I have to carry him into the vets completely stressed) and is always so pleased to be there ....and see Rinnert ( and the liver paste 😉) Bazzil is now on maintenance sessions , his herbs and I combine this with laser treatments . I have followed all of Rinnerts advice on Bazzils diet also ...huge difference all round 🙂 Thoroughly recommended!
callie mark Douglas
callie mark Douglas
2024-04-16
Our 18 year old cat was really starting to struggle with arthritis in his hips. The help and support we have had from the team at Holistic Vets has been amazing. Louie is now enjoying life so much more. The tailored approach means that his treatment is individual to him and adjusted in each session. He loves his acupuncture (and often falls asleep on the table during his treatment!), and the laser treatment. His herbs really help to support his overall health in between his appointments too. Throughout his life Louie has been really sensitive to medications so the support of the team at Holistic Vets has meant we’ve been able to keep him drug free and not worry about additional side effects impacting him during these precious older years. Thank you 😀
hayley cleaver
hayley cleaver
2024-04-08
I came to Holistic Vet Care with my dog Jerry Lee who had chronic osteoarthritis. The acupuncture and Chinese herbs that Rinnert prescribes has changed his life. He still has the condition, but the pain has visibly reduced and it’s like he has been frozen in time, with the condition not progressing as you would expect in a dog of his age. Holistic Vet Care invested in a state of the art laser system to help with pain relief which Jerry participates in and loves! More recently a physiotherapist was employed within the practice who is brilliant. We now have Shockwave therapy for Jerry to complement the laser treatments and acupuncture. Again, Jerry absolutely loves it and falls asleep! It has definitely helped with his condition even more and I’m delighted with the results. I can’t recommend Rinnert and his team enough. Your pet is always put first and you just know you are in good hands. Thank you for Jerry Lee’s wonderful treatments.
Rebecca Taylor
Rebecca Taylor
2024-03-05
We have been coming since November after our dog was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. We opted to not go ahead with chemotherapy due to various reasons, and decided to give the herbal route a try along side steroids. Prognosis was 3-4 months from the Oncologist, and we are coming into our 5th month. We are so happy with her progress. She has so much energy and has still been enjoying life to the full, which was our main priority. We are hoping for many more months and will continue with the herbs.
Lorraine Ashley
Lorraine Ashley
2023-10-29
Our Chinese Crested dog was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma 10 months ago. Our regular Vet advised Euthanasia as soon as possible due to her age. However, within two days of her first treatment with Rinnert she was walking without a limp and wanting to play with her toys. She is now having regular acupuncture and herbal treatments and continues to thrive. As a family, words cannot express how grateful we are for this extra time with her. Rinnert has been amazing throughout; I highly recommend him and the treatments he offers.
Katherine Killick
Katherine Killick
2023-10-23
I contacted Holistic Vet Care just over 18 months ago and I am very glad that I did. My Romanian Crossbreed girl, Star, had suffered from diverse symptoms - lameness in multiple limbs, skin problems, loss of body condition and coat, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea. She seemed to have lost the will to live. She had eventually been successfully diagnosed with atypical immune mediated polyarthritis and treated with immunosuppressive therapy by the RVC specialists. This had halted all the worrying symptoms, thank goodness. As this radical treatment drew to a close, I was convinced that there was a problem underlying the obvious manifestations and contacted Holistic Vet Care in a search for a perspective that would make sense of this and hopefully offer healing for Star. Alongside this serious immune system disturbance, Star has suffered from advancing osteoarthritis in her left elbow after two arthroscopies to relieve unilateral elbow dysplasia, the first when she was barely aged 1 year old. Fast forward to 18 months after starting treatment with acupuncture and Chinese medicine herbal therapy alongside the pain relieving drug Amantadine prescribed for her elbow by the RVC : I now have the happy, healthy, playful, mischievous girl, that I adopted aged 4 months, back. Her thick shiny coat, her appetite, her body condition and vitality, all of which had faded, have returned and her elbow issues are barely discernible. I believe that Rinnert's patience and understanding with Star, who has been very fearful in consultations, and the perspective that his understanding of what Chinese medicine has to offer, via acupuncture and herbal medicines, has given her a new lease of life. I can't thank Holistic Vet Care enough and I can wholeheartedly recommend the practice.

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