Know the discs and a success story


The vertebrae bones are numbered, not the discs in-between the vertebrae.

What are CTL’s?

Dodgerslist-DCA-canine spine
  •  C’s are for the neck (cervical)
  •  T’s for Thoracic (the chest, where the ribs are)
  •  L’s for Lumbar (after the ribs and before the hips).

The vertebrae bones are numbered, not the discs in-between (intervertebral) vertebrae.

C3-C4 for example means the herniation is between Cervical Vertebra 3 and Cervical Vertebra 4.

Knowledge leads to success

Beverly shared on Dodgerslist Facebook page how IVDD knowledge helped her dog.
Unfortunately, I found Dodgerslist the same day my baby was in surgery. But finding them was a life saver! They helped me prepare for his home coming with a list of everything I’d need for his recovery. They also educated me of IVDD.

Even after surgery my baby “went down” roughly 9 times in the next 10 years of his life & each time, I was able to bring him back to walking without surgery. My vet calls me a miracle worker but I couldn’t have done it without DL. I educated my vet & he distributed free DL pamphlets in his office. I hope that saved another doxie from the trauma & their owner from the expense of surgery.

DL advise, support & resources are invaluable! With DL & a few modifications to my home & yard, I kept my other 2 doxies safe from severe IVDD (one is now 17 yrs old). Sadly I lost 2 of my doxies at age 15 to other illnesses.

Knowledge is the power to fight the IVDD enemy and win!

Dodgerslist IVDD Forum

Other IVDD topics

  • Devices & Supplements

    Devices & Supplements

    Buyer Be Aware — Buyer be informed for your IVDD dog
  • Acupuncture-Laser Therapies

    Acupuncture-Laser Therapies

    Laser light therapy, acupuncture and electro-acupuncture can be very beneficial to assist with re-establishment of nerve connections in the body. 
  • Steroids vs. Non-steroidals

    Steroids vs. Non-steroidals

    5 things to know about using anti inflammatory drugs your vet may not have enough time to go over with …


This information is presented for educational purposes and as a resource for the dog IVDD community. The coordinators are not veterinarians or health care professionals. Nothing herein should be interpreted as medical advice all should contact their pet care professionals for advice. The coordinators are not responsible for the substance and content contained herein and do not advocate any particular product, item or position contained herein.

©2022 Linda Stowe, founder of  FACEBOOK,  Instagram, YouTube