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August 14, 2019

The Early Warning Signs of IVDD

Early warning signs of IVDD

This is Very Important to Know if You Own a Dog

If you own a dog, it is crucial to be aware of Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). A lot of dog owners don’t even realize their dog is prone to, or is affected by IVDD until it’s too late.

What Exactly is IVDD?

Intervertebral disc disease is a common condition characterized by the breakdown (degeneration) of one or more of the discs that separate the bones of the spine (vertebrae), causing pain in the back or neck and frequently in the legs and arms.

Knowing the Early Signs of IVDD Can Prevent the Disease From Worsening Which Could Lead to a Very Expensive Surgery

Surgery for IVDD can cost up to $7,000 and multiple surgeries could potentially be required. That being said, let’s look at 3 early warning signs of IVDD so you can make sure your dog gets the best preventative care possible. 

If you suspect that your dog is experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, seek veterinary advice as soon as you can:


When you touch your dog, he may cry out or yelp in response, and perhaps even act aggressively towards you. In some cases you may even notice your dog avoiding you to prevent you from picking him up or patting him.



When your dog is in pain, he may spend a lot of time sleeping or laying down in a place that’s not a part of his normal routine. You might also notice your dog hiding or sitting in an isolated corner.



A dog with disc issues tends to develop a hunch in his back – a hunch may be severe or it may also appear in a more subtle manner where it looks like one or two vertebra are protruding from the spine slightly. Your dog may also move around with a slower and shuffled walk and/or have a tense belly.


There are Measures you Can Take at Home to Help Ease the Strain on Your Dog’s Spinal Cord:

1. Low impact exercise and play: Avoid exercising your dog in ways that can strain his back (i.e. jumping, wrestling, running up and down stairs, etc…). 

2. Avoid allowing your dog to jump on and off furniture. This can strain their spinal cord, which can lead to back injuries over time. A fall off the furniture from a jump can also trigger or worsen the symptoms of IVDD. Use a Ramp instead to provide easy access onto the sofa or bed. 

Being Aware of IVDD is the First Step

Now that you know some of the early signs of IVDD, hopefully this knowledge can help you catch the disease in its early stages and get the proper care so it doesn’t worsen and result in surgery. Being aware of IVDD is the first step to help ensure a long and healthy life for your beloved dog.  

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 




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