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Intervertebral Disk Disease

Intervertebral disc disease is a condition that when seen, it usually affects dogs. It is rarely seen in cats but it does happen, most often in older cats. This condition is usually seen in breeds such as:

  1. 1. Dachsunds
  2. Poodles
  3. Cocker spaniels
  4. other small breeds

This condition can affect other breeds as well as a result of trauma or genetic predisposition. Pets of all ages, and breeds including cats can be affected by this disease.

Signs of Intervertebral disc disease can include:

  1. Pain while walking
  2. Difficulty in climbing up or going down stairs
  3. Difficulty in jumping
  4. Difficulty in standing up
  5. falls down easily in the back end
  6. Back legs appear to be very weak
  7. When the pet stands, it is hunched over and moves slowly
  8. Is painful when picked up inder the chest or abdomen
  9. Can not control its urination or defication

This condition can range in severity from mild episodes to complete non use of the legs affected. Treatment is based on the severity on the condition and can range from an adjustment in activity to medication and even to the need of immediate emergency surgery.

THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS ONLY MEANT TO SERVE AS A RECOMMENDATION OF THE DE LA HOUSSAYE ANIMAL HOSPITAL AND CAN VARY WITH OTHER INDIVIDUAL VETERINARY HOSPITALS. IT IS NOT MEANT TO SERVE AS A MEANS OF DEFINITIVELY DIAGNOSING A SPECIFIC CONDITION.