Dr. Andrew Isaacs
DVM Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)
Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center
Primary interests include intervertebral disc disease, seizure management, luxations/fractures of the spine, and surgery for brain tumors
Is chiropractic treatment a therapy that can be considered with a dog suspected or known to have IVDD?
The short answer is that I would not advise chiropractic care in a chondrodystrophic dog (Dachshund, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese, Basset Hound, Beagle, etc.) with clinical signs suggestive of intervertebral disk disease.
Without a diagnosis, the degree of spinal cord compression is unknown. An adjustment to a dog with severe spinal cord compression could result in a deterioration of the clinical signs to the point of being completely paralyzed and maybe not being able to feel their toes.
Advanced imaging of the spine (MRI/CT/Myelogram) allows your veterinarian to make an informed decision. In some cases, chiropractic treatment may warrant consideration. However, without knowing what is causing the clinical signs it would not be advisable. ~Andrew Isaacs, DVM