Disc herniation: how does it develop in dogs?

A herniated disc can have painful consequences for a dog. But how exactly does such an incident arise and what can owners do to prevent it? A herniated disc can be caused by signs of wear - Image: Shutterstock / Shevs

In a herniated disc in dogs, intervertebral disc tissue emerges from the gelatinous core of the intervertebral disc. This can have unpleasant consequences for the four-legged friend, which differ depending on the extent and location of the incident. Severe pain, paralysis or incontinence can be symptoms of the disease. But how can this happen?

Disc herniation: consequence of wear

Disc herniations occur due to degenerative changes to the intervertebral disc, that is, due to signs of wear. How this can happen is very different. The causes include the normal aging process, overweight or overwork. A herniated disc can also be race-related. Dog breeds with a long back or short legs are particularly susceptible to disease. These include the Dachshund, the Basset Hound and the Pekingese.

Prevent wear

You cannot completely prevent a herniated disc in your four-legged friend, but there are a few things you can do to prevent the disease. This is particularly recommended, but not only if your animal belongs to one of the breeds prone to disease or already has a slight wear on the intervertebral disc.

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To be able to prevent an incident, you should make sure that your pet does not climb a lot of stairs and does not jump as much. In addition, make sure that your four-legged friend does not become overweight.