Spondylosis in dogs
Spondylosis is age-related and develops more often in older dogs than younger ones. All dog breeds can suffer from spondylosis.
Symptoms of spondylosis in dogs
- Stiffness in the back
- Non-specific pain
- Movement disorders
What is spondylosis in dogs?
Spondylosis begins with age-related changes in the disc that cause shock absorption and stability to deteriorate. The mobility between two vertebrae is increased by the formation of a "gap". Over time, the body tries to improve stability by forming bridges between the vertebrae. The vertebrae "grow together" and the back more or less straightens itself.
When this happens, the dog is no longer in pain, unless the nerves are pinched. However, the stiffness and movement disorders can lead to pain in other parts of the body. Most often, it is the posterior thoracic spine, the lumbar spine and the transition between the lumbar spine and the sacrum that are affected by spondylosis.
There are other conditions in the back that can cause pain and similar symptoms to spondylosis, for example osteoarthritis, herniated disc and so-called L7/S1 syndrome. In order to make the correct diagnosis, the dog's back must be X-rayed.
How is spondylosis treated?
Unfortunately, there is no medical treatment that affects new bone formation around the vertebrae. If the dog has symptoms, pain-relieving medication can be given. Sometimes physical therapy is recommended. It is always good to keep the dog in good shape and at a normal weight.
Frequently asked questions about spondylosis
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