Do anti-inflammatory drugs prevent disc episodes?


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



  • 1- For a Staffy breed, would that mean she has Hansen type 2?
  • 2- Can a neck pull on a leash rupture an IVDD disc in lower lumbar-sacral?
  • 3- Can anti–inflammatories prevent a bulging disc from fully rupturing?


My Vet and Chiro had conflicting answers on some of these questions….thanks for any information!



Larger breeds typically have Hansens type 2, but will sometimes see Type 1.

Pulling on a dog’s collar with neck lead could potentially cause L/S disk rupture, but more likely to cause cervical disk issues.

Anti-inflammatory medications help address inflammation, but do not prevent a disk from rupturing.


[Editor’s note: See harness information for the IVDD dog (selecting and fitting)


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