Understanding IVDD: Types, Signs, and Symptoms

Understanding IVDD: Types, Signs, and Symptoms

Just like with CCL injuries, pets often suffer from a spinal condition called intervertebral disc disease (IVDD). Similar to CCL injuries, early detection and treatment of IVDD depend on the ability to recognize its signs and symptoms. The spinal discs are the main target of IVDD, which can result in degeneration, herniation, or compression.

The disorder known as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) affects the spinal discs and can result in degeneration, herniation, or compression. Although it can occur in other breeds and even cats, it is more common in some dog breeds, including French Bulldogs, Corgis, and Dachshunds.

IVDD is classified into two main categories: Hansen Type I and Hansen Type II. The sudden rupture of the outer layer of the disc causes compression of the spinal cord in Hansen Type I IVDD. However, Hansen Type II IVDD is distinguished by a slow degeneration of the disc that causes it to protrude or bulge into the spinal canal.

The degree and location of the affected discs can affect the signs and symptoms of IVDD. Back pain, hesitancy to move, limb weakness or paralysis, and unusual posture are typical warning signs. Loss of control over one's bowels or bladder can result from severe IVDD.

It is critical that you seek veterinary care as soon as possible if you observe any IVDD symptoms.  A combination of physical examination, imaging tests (MRIs or X-rays), and neurological evaluation is usually used to make the diagnosis.

The severity of IVDD affects the available treatment options. Conservative treatment for mild cases may include canine rehab, anti-inflammatory drugs, rest, and weight control. Surgical intervention may be necessary in more severe cases or those that don't respond to conservative treatment.

Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) is a common spinal condition in pets that requires prompt recognition and appropriate management. By understanding the types, signs, and symptoms of IVDD, pet owners can play a proactive role in ensuring the health and well-being of their furry companions.

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