IVDD In Dogs; Symptoms and Stages

IVDD In Dogs

IVDD in dogs is most common in dachshunds but can occur in several other breeds of dogs. Other breeds include Basset Hounds, Bulldogs, Beagles, Corgis, Cocker Spaniels, Pekingese, Poodles and Shih Tzus.  IVDD can correct itself or quickly progress depending on which stage your dog is in. 

Stages Of Intervertebral Disc Disease In Dogs 

Stage 1

  • Mild pain - usually corrects itself in a few days

Stage 2

  • Moderate to severe pain - located in the neck or lower back

Stage 3

  • Partial paralysis - causes trouble walking and or issues with coordination

Stage 4

  • Paralysis - your dog can still feel

Stage 5

  • Paralysis - your dog will lose feeling 

Symptoms Of Intervertebral Disc Disease In Dogs 

IVDD In Dogs
  • Difficulty walking - wobbling or limping

  • Change in activity level -  difficulty standing and jumping

  • Rear legs are weak-  uncoordinated when walking

  • Dragging rear legs - one or both when walking

  • Your dog makes noises - when moving or being touched

  • Muscle spasms and or tight neck or back

  • Arched back - sign of cervical (neck) disc problem

  • Decreased appetite  

  • Incontinence (difficulty controlling going to the bathroom) 


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