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Features April 2016 Issue

Back Pain in Dogs: It’s Serious

One in six dachshunds is genetically predisposed to developing intervertebral disk disease, usually a particularly painful and disabling kind.

Back Pain in Dogs: It’s Serious

Diagnosing ó and treating ó intervertebral disk disease.

The pain is not mild to moderate; itís severe, to the point that the dog may not be able to eat. In fact, she may yelp even when you just touch her back and might possibly be unable to move or stand. The suffering and paralysis can come on either with a past history of back pain or with absolutely no prior warning.

Moreover, the pain doesnít wax and wane, as it does with arthritis. Your pet may have real reluctance not only to jump or use the stairs but even to walk.

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