Herniated disc in dogs
A herniated disc in a dog can be a serious problem. However, it is usually treatable with the right approach, and in most cases, dogs with these issues can live full lives with the help of a qualified veterinary healthcare specialist.
While disc herniation is quite common in people, and dogs are often similarly affected, it’s also important to note that while herniated discs in people often cause pain, the disc issue can actually make a dog more prone to a painful condition called lumbar intervertebral disc disease (LIVD). Disc herniation in dogs may not be as treatable as it is in people, and while there are some cases in which a pet may experience pain with limited activity or exercise, the issue in many dogs simply goes away with time.
The following facts about disc herniation may help to explain more about this condition:
What is a herniated disc?
Herniation occurs when a section of the intervertebral disc, which is a thin cushion of tough fibrous cartilage that holds bones in place and protects them from being crushed or injured during movement, becomes thin, buckles or bulges out. The condition is more common in dogs than in people because the spinal bones in dogs are shorter and they are usually a little broader at their bases, and it’s the pressure that builds up from a dog’s body moving through the disc’s cushion that typically causes it to move into a herniated state.
Is disc herniation a genetic or hereditary condition?
Dogs with herniated discs are actually more susceptible to this condition than most people because of their anatomy. However, it is not known whether or not herniated discs in dogs are the result of inherited factors, such as a tendency toward arthritis or a genetic predisposition toward this condition.
Although disc herniation in dogs is more commonly found in older dogs, the condition is sometimes found in younger dogs who were diagnosed with other more obvious spinal injuries and then later were found to have herniated discs that could have caused them pain or paralysis.
What causes disc herniation in dogs?
Any number of factors can cause disc herniation in dogs, including changes in bone growth or other structural factors that could increase the pressure inside the disc, such as the formation of osteophytes (bumps of bone that form on the surface of a bone that are more common in larger breeds), or overgrowth of connective tissue (scar tissue) that would increase the thickness of the disc and also make it more likely that an injury or other structural change would cause it to bulge outward.
Can disc herniation be hereditary?
The evidence shows that inherited factors are usually not the cause of disc herniation in dogs, although dogs that are descended from breeds that are more likely to develop this condition than other dogs may be more likely to have it.
Is disc herniation dangerous?
Dogs with disc herniation do not generally have pain and can even walk around without limping. However, if you suspect that your dog has this condition, make sure that you take him or her to your veterinarian as soon as possible for a diagnostic evaluation. Disc herniation can cause neurological problems, which would cause the dog to feel pain and experience discomfort.
The signs that your dog may have disc herniation can be subtle. If your dog is experiencing joint pain, you may notice that he or she is limping or is using his or her hind legs more than the front ones when walking or running. It is also common for dogs that have disc herniation to be stiff or to experience neck pain. Dogs with disc herniation may also have problems urinating or defecating.
If your dog has been diagnosed with disc herniation, your veterinarian may recommend surgery to remove the herniated part of the disc to relieve the pain.
Does disc herniation require surgery?
Many dogs with disc herniation do not require surgery, but you should see your veterinarian if you are concerned that your dog may have this condition. Your veterinarian will want to examine your dog thoroughly and determine what, if any, medical treatment your dog might need. Sometimes, doctors recommend that your dog wear a special neck collar during the first month after the injury has been treated. This collar provides support for the injured area to prevent any further damage from the disc from herniating or bulging again.
Can your dog be spayed to prevent further disc herniation?
Many veterinary experts say that spaying your dog, if he or she has a hereditary predisposition to disc herniation, will protect the dog from developing this condition. However, a growing number of veterinarians disagree and say that spaying a dog does not prevent disc herniation and the procedure should not be performed.
There is a new study that shows that female dogs can become pregnant with puppies that are genetically identical to the puppies in their birth litter. The puppies are called a "litters" of puppies. These studies have been done on dogs for about 20 years.
The dogs in this experiment were called purebred dogs and they were all male dogs. They were selected for the study because of their ability to breed. A geneticist then bred these dogs together so the study would have puppies genetically like the puppies in their birth litter.
What is the main finding of this study?
To be more precise, we are looking at the question of whether a dog will breed to the puppies in his birth litter or breed to puppies in his litter born from two different females.
The main finding of the study is that it does not matter whether the puppies in the birth litter and those born from two different females were the same or different. The dogs will still have puppies genetically like the puppies in their birth litter.
What does this study suggest?
This study suggests that a dog may be very, very similar genetically to his or her litter and the puppies in the litter.
This study also suggests that a dog’s genetic identity is very, very important in terms of its behavior and its ability to be a good pet. This study was done to investigate if any male dogs, selected for having a good dog personality, will breed to puppies in their birth litter. The result of this study is that a dog’s personality is not that important in terms of breeding behavior.
What should I understand from this study?
This study suggests that it is possible for a dog to breed to puppies in his birth litter or to puppies born from two different females.
This study also suggests that whether or not dogs breed to puppies in their birth litter does not affect a dog’s behavior.
The results of this study, though, should not surprise anyone. We know that if you breed to a litter of puppies and they are selected for some type of quality (e.g. personality, appearance, health, etc.), they will likely continue to reproduce.
This study also suggests that when there is a genetic identity with the puppies born in the birth litter, the dogs will reproduce. The puppies born from two different females will produce puppies genetically similar to the puppies in the birth litter.
Understanding dog breeding is essential to understanding how to train, communicate with, and live with a dog. It is one of the most important components of dog ownership. You cannot just buy a dog and expect him or her to understand what you want and need from him or her.
If you think about it, humans can be the same way. People with good breeding usually tend to have better personalities,