Indicators of a back pain
Symptoms for an IVDD slipped disc are not just back pain but can include loss of nerve function in the legs and bladder control.
One or any symptom: back pain, nerve function loss:
- General indications of an IVDD slipped (herniated) disc pain is back pain (shivering/trembling, not wanting to move, not wanting to eat, yelping, tightened tummy, nose to ground if a neck disc).
- Weakness or loss of ability to move legs. (dragging nails, wobbly walking).
- Emergency situation: loss of complete leg use or bladder/bowel control such as finding urine or poop in the bedding or leaks when you pick up the dog. Rapid loss of function in a matter of hours is also an indicator of an emergency.
JUMP to the Emergency FAQ
If the above symptoms currently describes your dog. Take quick action to get your dog to a vet: EMERGENCY FAQ page: https://dodgerslist.com/2020/02/24/emergency-faq/
Illustration with permission of Spine Universe
IVDD slipped disc back pain examples
Disc material escapes a torn (herniated) or slipped disc & presses on the spinal nerve cord to cause back pain. A herniated disc can result in severe nerve damage (leg paralysis and loss of bladder control). NOTE: human spine shown. The disc herniation process is similar in dogs.