Cauda equina syndrome in dogs is a serious neurological disorder affecting the lower sections of the spinal cord. The name of the syndrome is Latin and means “horse’s tail”, referring to the structure of the nerve fibres located in this area. Learn the signs, causes and treatment options now to ensure the best quality of life for your four-legged friend.
Causes of cauda equina syndrome
What triggers the inflammation of the nerve root in dogs?
The causes can be many: congenital, due to ageing or the result of an injury. It often results from a combination of factors such as degenerative myelopathy, herniated discs, or spinal stenosis. Genetic predisposition and unfavourable spinal anatomy are other possible causes.
Recognising the signs of cauda equina syndrome
Common symptoms include difficulty standing up, pain in the back, muscle atrophy and even paralysis in the hind legs. Some dogs show an altered gait or difficulty defecating and urinating. Symptoms can be gradual or acute, depending on the underlying cause.
Treatment of cauda equina syndrome
Therapeutic approaches and options
Treatment depends on the severity and cause of cauda equina syndrome. Conservative treatments, including pain management and physiotherapy, are used for mild cases. In more severe cases, surgical intervention may be required to reduce pressure on the nerves and stop the progression of the condition.
B vitamins to support nerve regeneration
The importance of B vitamins for dogs with neurological conditions
B vitamins play a crucial role in nervous system health and can support regeneration in the case of neurological conditions such as cauda equina syndrome. They are involved in nerve cell signalling and promote the health and function of nerve tissue. An adequate supply can significantly improve your dog’s quality of life and support progress in the management of the condition.
DOG FIT by PreThis® VITAMIN B: Support for Cauda Equina
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Act now and provide support
Actively support your dog in managing the inflammation of the nerve root. A strong nervous system is key to a better quality of life and mobility. Ensure your four-legged friend receives a high-quality supply of DOG FIT by PreThis® VITAMIN B.
Note: This article is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If cauda equina syndrome is suspected, please consult a veterinarian.
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