Does IVDD affect other diseases?


Neuro Corner Answers

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 there information on which illnesses gets exacerbated because of ivdd,  thinking of tracheal collapse, megaesophogus, etc. Which illnesses will be considered life threatening because of semi- and full paralysis because of ivdd.



I’m not aware of any diseases that are directly exacerbated by IVDD (other than potentially urinary bladder disease or other abdominal organ disease in dogs requiring urinary bladder expression).

Certainly, if a dog is anesthetized and/or on steroids in order to manage IVDD there are the inherent risks associated with anesthesia and steroid use.



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