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Our Journey with IVDD | From Kibble to Fresh

H! Welcome to Cherished Hound. Thanks for checking out our blog! My name is Wendy Haines. Cherished Hound is a dog health blog based on personal experience and many hours of research around creating optimal health for my dog. We will help you manage an IVDD diagnosis and show you how to prevent IVDD episodes. Creating Optimal Health for Your Dog.

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Who is this blog for?

Our purpose is to help fellow dog owners prevent IVDD episodes, manage an IVDD diagnosis, make healthy diet choices and lifestyle changes with the ultimate goal of creating optimal health for your dog and mine!

What will you get from Cherished Hound?

You will save time and frustration, as we have been there, done that. Above all Cherished Hound will empower you to create an optimally healthy and happy dog.

Why a dog health blog with an IVDD focus?

Learning how to deal with an IVDD diagnosis takes a lot of time and energy (mental and physical), I know first hand. Because it is an emotional time it can be difficult to weed through some of the great articles scattered across a lot of different sites. Furthermore, it is time-consuming. That was ok, but it took a long time to sort out! To be honest, following many different sites, hoping for an IVDD article now and then was a little frustrating. The goal is to help you reduce the learning curve with focused clear articles, illustrative helpful guides, and tips you can put into practice right away!

My Cherished Hound.

Isabella is a 12-year-old Miniature Dachshund. She was diagnosed with IVDD (intervertebral disc disease) in August 2017. In hindsight, I believe she had been dealing with IVDD for several years, prior to being diagnosed. It was not yet clear it was IVDD, as the symptoms were subtle in some respects (when compared to your dog having no pain sensation in their hind legs and being paralyzed) and mimicked other possible causes.

She has recovered now from two major IVDD episodes (using conservative treatment vs. surgery) and is doing very well. Her condition is still there and always will be. As a result, I am proactively managing the degenerative disease with successful IVDD protocols that work for us, healthy diet choices and lifestyle changes.

Things you can look forward to from Cherished Hound.

Finally, I am not a veterinarian or a canine nutritionist. I am a graphic designer and blogger, who loves her dog!

Therefore, all the content on this site is based on personal experience on what has worked for us. Most noteworthy, the goal is to share the best of what I have learned in caring for my dog, so you can enhance the health of yours!  Check out our blog post: Most effective joint supplement for Dogs: Actistatin®.

For that reason, the things I will be blogging about will be topics I have personal experience with, have done research on as well as the things I have learned from my “trusted” experts in the dog health community.

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As a dog lover, I’m passionate about the optimal health and well being of my dog and yours! I feel we are on this journey together in our shared experiences. So let’s keep caring and sharing!

We love hearing from you! Comment on any of our posts. Feel free to share tips and suggestions and please ask questions. Thanks again!

Warmest Regards,
Wendy Haines
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Our Journey with IVDD | From Kibble to Fresh. Our goal is to help dog owners create optimal health for your dog! Prevent IVDD episodes, and make healthy choices & for your Cherished Hound.