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IVDD and toys. - April 7th 2018, 06:23 AM

Over the past few weeks my dog had some health issues that resulted in a slew of tests and specialists. We’ve finally gotten results back from the neurologist and my dog was diagnosed with IVDD and had surgery. We are looking into stem cell therapy since there has been some success but we have to wait a bit till she’s a tad bit stronger since the vets who specialize in it, are in the states. we are doing everything in order to make sure she has the best chance of recovery. We’re meeting up next week with a few specialists to see about designing/modifying a wheelchair and seeing if it would even be helpful and how she will tolerate it. Her balance is off and she’s like not coordinated but she’s not in pain and she’s a totally different dog this week than the week before when I honestly thought she wasn’t going to make it. She’s getting electroacupuncture, laser therapy and is going to be starting hydrotherapy (water treadmill) as well.

However.....She’s currently in confinement (not allowed to jump, run, play rough, et ) and is only allowed to go outside to go to the bathroom. We’ve ordered a dog stroller (vets idea) that will be here early next week so she will still be able to go for walks when the vet gives us the all clear for it (only on flat surfaces)

The main reason this is being posted is that I need ideas on toys that will keep her occupied and amused as well as keep her mind engaged. They need to be sturdy and well made for big dogs... or how to make her confinement time pass easily. We have it so she will never be alone but she still needs things to do

However, they can’t be tug of war toys or things that involve chasing. We had this starmark orb thing that she got yesterday. She had it for LESS than five minutes and she not only ate the all the rings but broke the centre plastic thing from biting it and bit the main part to shreds. She also broke the Kong gyro ball toy. I’m open to any product that might work and it doesn’t have to be in North America (if I’m able to find it online, i will give it a go no matter how much).

We do not allow her to have any toys that resemble stuffed animals (UNLESS they have a rope but she can’t have roped currently since no tug of war). She likes squeaky toys so if you have any brands that don’t lose their squeak after a few chomps, I’m open to those too!

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Re: IVDD and toys. - April 8th 2018, 01:47 AM

I don't have a lot of suggestions as I don't know a lot about dog toys anymore.

The only thing I can think of is a regular kong dog toy. I know my aunt used to get them and then put treats in them like peanut butter. I haven't heard much about peanut butter being bad for dogs but I am not sure if your dog has any type of allergy. I know you said the Kong toy didn't work well but these are cheaper to try so if she chews threw them quickly or don't work in another way you wouldn't waste a ton of money. My aunt had Labradors and they loved their kongs.

I think there are other things you can put inside of them. I never used them for my dogs so I don't know if it would lead to a lot of movement. I watched my aunts dogs use them and when she put treats inside they would sit there trying to get them out. They wouldn't be able to chew through them easily either and my aunt raved about what a great toy they were and she was surprised because they were cheap.

Your vet might know a bit more about them and if they'd work for her and what types of treats you all could put in them.

I think the regular one is just 'kong dog toy' is supposed to be sturdier than some of the other toys.


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Re: IVDD and toys. - April 8th 2018, 03:25 AM

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I don't have a lot of suggestions as I don't know a lot about dog toys anymore.

The only thing I can think of is a regular kong dog toy. I know my aunt used to get them and then put treats in them like peanut butter. I haven't heard much about peanut butter being bad for dogs but I am not sure if your dog has any type of allergy. I know you said the Kong toy didn't work well but these are cheaper to try so if she chews threw them quickly or don't work in another way you wouldn't waste a ton of money. My aunt had Labradors and they loved their kongs.

I think there are other things you can put inside of them. I never used them for my dogs so I don't know if it would lead to a lot of movement. I watched my aunts dogs use them and when she put treats inside they would sit there trying to get them out. They wouldn't be able to chew through them easily either and my aunt raved about what a great toy they were and she was surprised because they were cheap.

Your vet might know a bit more about them and if they'd work for her and what types of treats you all could put in them.

I think the regular one is just 'kong dog toy' is supposed to be sturdier than some of the other toys.
Thanks for the reply!

I should of been spécifique but she can’t use the red (regular) kongs because she destroyed it as a puppy. We have a black kong bone that she has and a black as well as a blue (from the vet) bell shaped one. She doesn’t like the bell at all but she uses the bone one (only when supervised since she’s broken a few into pieces).

We have “tire” toys that last a few weeks before breaking but she can’t use them since no tug of war. We typically use various balls (go through like candy) or frisbees or sticks to play fetch. Dogs can have peanut butter proving there isn’t xylitol in it.

I’m not concerned about how much the toys cost but I want something that is safe for her and is fun! She wouldn’t get it unsupervised because there is a risk of her breaking it but I need some ideas that I can alternate out to keep her amused.

She has a rubber ducky (literally a bath toy) that she walks around and carries like it’s her baby and she won’t chew it or bite it so it doesn’t amuse her. Lol.
   
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Re: IVDD and toys. - April 8th 2018, 01:09 PM

Has the vet made any suggestions on toys to keep her occupied? She seems like a strong chewer and I am stumped on what to use. If you aren't worried about the cost the vet might be able to provide you with some more insight. I am sure you all probably asked but I am kind of stumped because of how strong of a chewer she seems to be. I might have more insight if I still had dogs but I don't and probably won't for a while.

I did a google search and found some things by looking up indestructible dog toys. I know nylabone has some products that are supposed to be good but that's the only other brand I can think of and the only reason I thought of it was from the google search.

I wish I could have been of more help. I hope someone with more knowledge on dog toys will come along.


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Re: IVDD and toys. - April 12th 2018, 01:34 AM

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Has the vet made any suggestions on toys to keep her occupied? She seems like a strong chewer and I am stumped on what to use. If you aren't worried about the cost the vet might be able to provide you with some more insight. I am sure you all probably asked but I am kind of stumped because of how strong of a chewer she seems to be. I might have more insight if I still had dogs but I don't and probably won't for a while.

I did a google search and found some things by looking up indestructible dog toys. I know nylabone has some products that are supposed to be good but that's the only other brand I can think of and the only reason I thought of it was from the google search.

I wish I could have been of more help. I hope someone with more knowledge on dog toys will come along.
She has always been extreamly active (multiple walks a day and hours of playing outside and such) so not being able to is not her idea of fun in any way shape or form. He suggested the kong toy from the vet but she doesn't like it which is a problem. He actually recommended that we stay away from nylabone as he has seen dogs get blockages from them and broken their teeth so to be on the safe side, he doesn't want her having them. She doesn't get rawhides either because they're not safe for her. We have

However, he recommend us trying interactive/brain toys as long as she is supervised with them. But that is a lot easier said than done. It doesn't have to be indestructiable (but even if it lasted a few hours that would be okay!) because she won't be unsupervised with the toys.

It would just be to keep her occupied every so often to keep her mind active. We are able to thankfully have someone with her at all times (sometimes she goes to sleep in my parents offices or comes and chills at the various activités if someone isn’t home with her) which he allowed providing there is no running or jumping and she's in a harness. We have looked at a few pet stores and bought her a bully stick which I'm hoping will last for a bit.
   
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Re: IVDD and toys. - April 18th 2018, 06:02 AM

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Re: IVDD and toys. - April 18th 2018, 12:24 PM

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