Guest Blogger, Lisa Luckenbach (Wiggleless Dog Back Brace)
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The Story Behind WiggleLess® Dog Back Brace
My name is Lisa Luckenbach and I am the owner/founder of WiggleLess® Dog Back Brace.
June, our beloved mini long haired dachshund, passed away in 2011. She, along with her older brother, Henry, who has also passed on, inspired me to create WiggleLess® Dog Back Braces. You see, June, while in her prime, was diagnosed with IVDD (intervertebral disc disease), a string of fancy words that translate into lots of back problems for dachshunds.
June’s life with IVDD began when she was only two years old and weighed about eight pounds. While playing in the backyard she injured her back to such a degree she could barely walk. I rushed her to the ER where the oncall vet administered Rimadyl for inflammation, Tramadol for back pain, and Roboxin to relax muscles. But the worst was yet to come. My smart, feisty little girl was to be “confined to rest” for a month! Whaaaat?
With a lot of diligence on my part, June recovered, only to re-injure her back when she was three years old! After a series of x-rays and veterinary examinations, I learned that June was a “chondrodystrophic” breed, which means a dog with short legs and long backs (but not always), prone to IVDD. When the vet told me that June’s back was like a “ticking time bomb” and suggested spinal surgery or possibly euthanasia, I panicked. Was my sweet angel destined to a life of pain and other maladies than can accompany IVDD such as shaking, and loss of appetite and bladder control? I felt an immense sadness and frustration. Why did June have to suffer so? I took a little time to worry and commiserate, but then…I got busy.
I realized that if June remained still, she wouldn’t injure her back. But what kind of life is that for a dog? Dogs need to be active. I had to find a way to keep June from twisting her spine and wiggling so much, while she went about her daily business. That’s when the solution came to me. June needed a back brace for dogs, something like what the chiropractor gave me when I had injured my back.
I immediately combed through the pet shops and searched online. I even asked my vet for a dog back brace, but there was nothing out there that would work for June. Unwilling to give up, I hired a seamstress and together we designed a cheery, yellow vest with side boning to keep June from wiggling. And guess what? It worked! And that was the very first WiggleLess® dog back brace. It afforded June the comfort and stability she needed to live a full, comfortable and happy life!
My vet was so impressed he encouraged me to make them available for all dogs who require back support—there are a lot of them!
Fast forward to today and there are now eight sizes of WiggleLess® dog back braces available. When used as directed the vet recommended and patented WiggleLess Dog Back Brace curtails twisting, relieves stress and provides comfortable, firm, back support for dogs.
June continues to inspire me and to watch over her four legged friends who desperately need the same support she did. It is she, who keeps me motivated ensuring WiggleLess® dog back brace is available to most dog sizes and shapes with back problems. June is and always will be our WiggleLess® Guardian Angel. We love you, June!
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