What is it?

IVDD is a common spinal condition affecting thousands of dogs each year. IVDD occurs when the intervertebral discs; which allow spinal movement, provide support, and help absorb concussive forces; between the vertebrae degenerate. This causes the spine to have a reduced shock-absorbing ability and can eventually lead to intervertebral disc herniation and compression of the spinal cord.

 

Who is affected?

IVDD is often an age-related degenerative condition, however certain dog breeds are more predisposed and can develop the disease when they are younger. These are breeds often those with a long back and shorter, curved limbs, such as dachshunds and basset hounds.

 

What are the signs?

The common signs of IVDD include back pain, hindlimb weakness, difficulty jumping, abnormal posture, and an unwillingness to move.

 

What can I do?

Your veterinary surgeon can diagnose IVDD using X-rays, CT scanning or MRI. After diagnosis, conservative or surgical management can then be discussed with your vet. After they have recovered from surgery or if you have chosen to treat them with conservative methods, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy is very important to increase joint range of motion, reduce stiffness and muscle tension, prevent contracture, and increase muscle mass and endurance.

If you have any questions and would like to know more, please get in touch:

📞 01453 705262

📧 thrive@lifeworksltd.co.uk

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