IVDD in Dogs
What is IVDD?
IVDD in dogs can be very painful. The earlier you take steps to prevent this canine disc disease in your dog, the better your dog's chances of maintaining a healthy, pain-free life.
Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a condition where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either burst (type I) or bulge (type II) into the spinal cord space. These discs then press on the nerves running through the spinal cord causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis.
Typically, middle-aged (3 to 6 years) chondrodystrophoid dogs have Type I acute, explosive herniation of a disc while older (8 to 10 years) nonchondrodstrophoid dogs, such as German Shepherds, Labs, and Doberman Pinschers, have Type II gradual progressive protrusion of a disc.
Chondrodystrophoid is a form of dwarfism where the cartilage development in the long bones of the limbs is disturbed resulting in shortened legs. Chondrodystrophoid breeds of dogs include Beagles, Dachshunds, Poodles, and Cocker Spaniels.
The earlier IVDD is diagnosed and treated, the better your pet’s chances of avoiding a permanently painful and sometimes paralyzing condition. Using small dog steps throughout a dog's life can help minimize disc injury over their lifetime.