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Disc Disease- Pain in the Neck (and Back)

Posted by petemergencyclinic on March 11, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Fear Fellow Pet Lovers,


This update is on disc disease in dogs. The discs I am referring to are technically Intervertebral discs, which are sort of bumpers and shock absorbers between the vertebrae (bones of the spine.)


The dog spine is horizontal, and in some dogs, the discs weaken and the material in them gets "squished" upwards, pushing against the spinal cord. Sometimes this causes only severe pain and sometimes this results in weakness or paralysis.


There are certain breeds that get this more often than others. The ones we see most often are Dachshunds, Poodles, and Boston Terriers, but there are others. In these breeds, the disc degenerates and weakens, and then at some point "blows", causing pain and or paralysis. Though this appears to be an injury, it in fact is usually not.


If your small breed dog becomes weak and wobbly or seems painful after a seemingly minor injury, consider disc disease. If you suspect this, you should get the pet seen immediately either at your DVM's during hours or at Pet Emergency Clinic (337-562-0400) after hours.


Many of these pets are treated with specific medicines and rest, but some need surgery. Time makes a difference in how these pets do, so get it seen immediately.


That is all.



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