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Most commonly in small breed dogs such as the dachshund, Fr. bulldog, pekingese, shih tzu, toy or miniature poodle, cocker spaniel, basset hound, chihuahua, and beagle.
Disc disease (IVDD) can begin to prematurely age discs at one year old. Dogs born with disc disease will typically start showing evidence of disc problems between 3-7 years of age. However, disc problems can happen at any age. Owner awareness is key to minimizing the potential for spinal cord damage with early recognition of disc episode signs.
“There are definitely cases where we need to give clients more detailed information than we can provide in typical post-op or medical management home care. In these cases, especially, we would love to give clients pamphlets like these, but it would also be great in nearly every IVDD circumstance.” ~Jennifer Stewart, Neurology Department, VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center
Your site really helped me following spinal surgery on one of my doxies who was paralyzed from the neck down. He’s made a full recovery in part to the great advise and support from the website and forum – Jennifer
You helped us so much when our boy got IVDD at age 5 . He lived a long happy life in his wheelchair until age 14 when he passed. IVDD is not a death sentence! – Mary
My dachshund was going downhill in Jan and we just thought it was his time for surgery. But our neuro Dr. knew about Dodgerslist and sent it to us to treat him conservatively. – Jenni
So happy to have a wonderful resource like Dodgerslist. This group is working hard to keep owners informed, supported, and make sure you know what ALL your options are for your pet… They have been priceless to us here and to so many of our clients and clients’ pets. ~ Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center, Ann Arbor, MI http://www.dogwoodvet.net/
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 and 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.