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What Is The Difference Between IVDD and Slipped Discs In My Dog?

What Is The Difference Between IVDD and Slipped Discs In My Dog?

Slipped discs and Intervertebral Disc Disease in dogs (IVDD) both involve issues with the intervertebral discs. These are rubbery cushions located between the vertebrae of the spine. The terms 'slipped disc' and dog IVDD are often used interchangeably, and there isn't a strict distinction between them. 

Slipped Disc

  • This is a layperson’s term to describe a herniated or bulging disc. It implies that the disc has shifted out of its normal position.
  • A slipped disc can occur due to trauma, injury, or degeneration of the disc over time. The outer layer of the disc may weaken, allowing the inner gel-like substance to protrude.
  • It's a general term and doesn't necessarily specify the cause or severity of the condition.

Intervertebral Disc Disease in Dogs (IVDD)

  • IVDD is a more specific term used to describe a variety of spinal disc problems.
  • It encompasses conditions where the intervertebral discs degenerate, become herniated, or even rupture i.e. “slip” out of place.
  • IVDD often occurs in the lower back or neck of the dog's spine and can lead to compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots, causing pain, weakness, and in severe cases, paralysis.

While "slipped disc" is a colloquial term often used by dog owners, vets use the term "Intervertebral Disc Disease" to describe specific disc-related issues. IVDD in dogs can manifest as a slipped, herniated, or ruptured disc. 

Consult with your vet for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for your dog if you suspect any spinal issues.

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