IVDD in Dogs: Causes and Ways to Help Your Pet

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Most cases are moderate to severe.

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Key points

  • There are two types of IVDD. Type 1 tends to be acute whereas Type 2 is often chronic.
  • Many breeds with long spines and short legs are prone.
  • Some cases respond to crate rest and anti-inflammatory medication, but others need surgery.
  • Your veterinarian will need to check your dog’s nerve function and do a full neurological examination.
  • Imaging like x-rays, CT, and MRI scans might be needed for a diagnosis.

Common in:

Symptoms and types:

Dogs with IVDD may become paralyzed on their back legs suddenly, or they may show gradual signs of limping, stiffness, back pain, or weakness.

Understanding the diagnostics

Learning about the causes

Type 1 IVDD

Type 2 IVDD

Because IVDD is such a painful condition, it’s crucial to take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Best treatment options

Home remedies and their effectiveness

When to see a vet


Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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