Back Problems/Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)


We see many patients each year that show signs of IVDD and the varying degrees of pain usually show up without much warning. Most commonly, these pets are smaller breeds of dogs that do a lot of jumping up and down off of beds and furniture. Sometimes these pets are overweight and they tend to be between 4-6 years of age, although any age may be affected.

The signs vary widely from neck/back pain and muscle spasms to paralysis. Prompt attention for your pet is of utmost importance merely because this can be one of the more painful conditions we see but also because if your pet is showing signs of partial or complete paralysis, time greatly impacts the prognosis and level of impairment for your pet long term.

It is important you DO NOT give any pain medications, prescription or over-the-counter, without first consulting our doctors. Doing so may adversely change the course of treatment, possibly to one less effective, because some combinations of medications can cause stomach ulcers or gastric bleeding. Please contact the staff at Piney Creek Square Integrative Veterinary Medicine, or your local veterinary emergency room after hours, so your pet can experience the quickest means to pain relief possible. 

Additional information regarding this condition can be found at the following links:

PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY HUMAN, OVER-THE-COUNTER ARTHRITIS/PAIN MEDICATIONS (i.e. Aspirin, Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, etc.) The doctors at Piney Creek Square Integrative Veterinary Medicine do not advocate the use of over-the-counter medications since there is a significant difference between humans and animals and there metabolism of these chemicals. The veterinary formulations are designed for the dogs and cats we treat and are therefore much safer.