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IVDD in Dogs

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.


 IVDD in Dogs Infographic


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  • Pamela Bautista
    Pamela Bautista

    Hi my Bruna is Dacshund, she just turned 6 years old last October 13 this year. A week ago she was limping, then a day after she couldnt walk. We brought her to the vet and was given anti bacterial shots and meds for arthritis as her xrayresults on her rear limbs were negative.
    I reasearched on ivdd and i am posotive she has it. All the symptoms are there. She is trembling a lot.
    Would there be a remedy for her pain? I could feel she is in pain.


  • Bonita Kelley
    Bonita Kelley

    Thank you so much for putting this on pinterest. My sister’s dog has this – he had to have surgery about 6 months after she got him. He came through it great, but she has to always watch out for him. He is her heart – it would kill her if anything happened to him. He is also allergic to lots of things, and has skin issues too. We think part of that is due to his being on the streets for a good while before she rescued him. But he is the sweetest dog you could ever hope for ( except for mine, of course!) ?