Small Dogs that are Prone to Back Problems
Is your small dog at risk?
Humans are not the only ones that can suffer from back issues in their lifetime. Back problems are common in dogs as well! A disease that is very common among small dogs especially, is called Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD). This occurs when discs in the dog’s spine deteriorate, collapse, bulge out, rupture, herniate or become displaced.
We did some research and compiled a list of breeds that are known for being especially prone to back issues and IVDD. It’s important to know the early signs, because at its most severe stages, it can potentially lead to complete paralysis. Educating yourself on this issue, talking about it with your vet, and taking proper precautions at home can help avoid this all together, slow down the process, and ease discomfort.
#3. French Bulldogs
#6. Basset Hounds
#8. Shih Tzus
#10. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Prevention is key!
We hope you found this list to be insightful. Dachshunds, a breed in which 19-24% are diagnosed with IVDD, are at the top of the list due to their short legs and long bodies. The percentages gradually get lower as this list progresses, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t at risk. Talk to your vet about exercises that are easy on the joints, provide your dog a healthy diet to maintain a proper weight, and limit activities at home that could put strain on your dog’s hips and back such as jumping on and off furniture. Using a Dog Ramp could be helpful in preventing this.
We hope you enjoyed this article. Let us know some techniques you have used to help your dog’s back problems, or how you have prevented these issues in the comments below!