Dr. Andrew Isaacs, DVM Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center

His primary interests include intervertebral disc disease, seizure management, luxations/fractures of the spine, and surgery for brain tumors
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Do medications prevent future disc herniations?
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Brittney asks:  Hello, my dachshund is about to turn 11 years old. She is amazing because she does not appear to have any arthritis! However, a little over a year ago she slipped a disc and went paralyzed for a few weeks. THANKFULLY she has made a full recovery!! She just had an oral treatment, no surgery.

I just took her to an annual check up and the vet decided to put her on Rimadyl for the rest of her life to prevent another slipped disc from happening again and because she is in her old age. Is this normal in your experience or just unnecessary? She has no arthritis, and it's an arthritis medication. She may have IVDD, but does that still prevent future slipped disc?? Please help!  THANKS!


Glad to hear your dachshund has recovered well. 

The use of Rimadyl is helpful in the management of osteoarthritis, but unfortunately does not help prevent future intervertebral disk herniations. I wish there was a medication that helped, but I am not aware of any to date.

The mainstay of prevention is trying to discourage high impact activity that stresses an already degenerative intervertebral disk.

I would recommend discussing your concern about long term Rimadyl with your veterinarian.

Please let me know if you have any other question.

Take care,



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