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.
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.