Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) In Dogs

Some canine breeds have higher risks of developing intervertebral disc disease, which is actually a type of problem that affects the back or neck. Pain in these parts can interfere in the mobility of the affected animal. The onset of IVDD symptoms can be gradual (slower progressing form) while there are those that can be so sudden (and severe) that symptoms appear overnight, from being able to walk normally today to being unable to walk properly the next day. Some breeds that are prone to the problem include the beagle, pekingese, Lhasa Apso, dachshund, or Shi Tzu. 

IVDD is brought about by a problem with the discs in the vertebral column. The discs are located in between the spinal vertebrae. When the disc pushes into the spinal canal, pressure is exerted on the spinal cord. This can be very painful and it can also affect nerve function. 

Work with your veterinarians Washington DC in managing your pet’s symptoms to improve the animal’s quality of life.


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