Dogs with IVDD face a particular risk whenever they undergo anesthesia for procedures like dental work, x-rays, or scans.

Since a diseased spine remains so, it’s crucial for your vet to take necessary precautions whenever your dog is anesthetised. When a dog is under anesthesia, it loses all muscle tone and support. If the surgical team isn’t careful, lifting or turning the dog incorrectly could potentially cause a secondary disc injury.

Dental disease can be challenging to manage without regular cleanings performed by your vet. So, the next time your IVDD dog is due for a dental procedure, be sure to discuss your concerns with your vet beforehand.