Ask any owner who has walked this journey and they would agree, It’s time like this we wish our dogs could talk!
Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) may be suspected upon an assessment by your General Veterinary Surgeon; however, we strongly suggest you seek a referral for neurological assessment by a Qualified Specialist who in most cases will recommend diagnostic imaging to confirm an accurate diagnosis.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: X-Rays (spinal radiographs) are often taken by Vets which essentially are a waste of time and money. Whilst they may reveal characteristic changes of disc disease e.g.: calcified/mineralised discs, advanced imaging is required to allow a definitive diagnosis. This is typically CT, MRI or Myelogram.
Most Specialist Centres/Hospitals have this equipment on-site allowing for rapid diagnosis and surgical planning (if required). Dogs must lie completely still for their scan and this is only possible with the use of general anaesthesia. This is conducted under the care of skilled nurses who are experienced in anaesthesia and sedation.