A herniated disc in dogs is a serious condition that can lead to severe pain and paralysis. In a herniated disc, a disc pushes out between the vertebrae and irritates or injures the nerves. We provide information about the causes and treatment options in the following article.
There are different types of a herniated disc in dogs. The most common are:
- Prolapse: In a prolapse, part of the disc protrudes between the vertebrae and presses on the nerves.
- Extrusion: In the case of an extrusion, part of the intervertebral disc emerges completely from the vertebra and presses on the nerves.
- Sequestration: In sequestration, part of the disc tears off and moves into the spinal canal.
The causes of a herniated (slipped) disc
- Age: Herniated discs are more common in older dogs than in younger dogs.
- Breed: Some dog breeds with long backs and short legs, such as the Dachshund (therefore also called dachshund paralysis), but also German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers, are more prone to herniated discs than other breeds.
- Overweight: Overweight dogs are more prone to herniated discs because they put more pressure on their spine.
- Injuries: Injuries to the spine can lead to herniated discs.
- Accidents: Accidents, such as falls, can also lead to herniated discs.
Herniated discs can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
- Pain in the back
- Paralysis of the hind legs
- Problems walking, standing or jumping
- Coordination disorders
- Weakness in the hind legs
If your dog shows one or more of these symptoms, you should see a vet immediately.
The treatment of a herniated disc in dogs depends on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, treatment with painkillers, nutritional supplements, rest and physiotherapy may be sufficient. However, painkillers should not become permanent, because if the pain is absent, dogs start to move normally again, which can make everything worse again. In severe cases with severe pain and permanent failure symptoms, surgery is usually recommended by the vet. If the recommendation seems a bit premature, it makes sense to get a second opinion.
The good news: With good treatment and care, dogs with a herniated disc can usually lead a normal life.
Micronutrients for the treatment of a herniated disc
Micronutrients play an important role in the treatment of a herniated disc. DOG FIT by PreThis® offers a product combination of DOG FIT by PreThis® JOINTS and the VITAMIN B complex, which is specially adapted to the needs of an acute and painful slipped disc in dogs. DOG FIT by PreThis® JOINTS supports pain relief, contributes to the regeneration of the damaged disc. The VITAMIN B complex of DOG FIT by PreThis® provides important micronutrients involved in building, strengthening and regenerating the injured nerves.
In the case of a slight slipped disc or if the dog is already in the regeneration phase or has already had a disc operation and shows little to no pain, we recommend our product combination of DOG FIT by PreThis® VITAL regeneration and the VITAMIN B complex. This combination is specially designed to support regeneration, strengthen the supporting tissue and accompany the dog during recovery.
The application of the products is simple, they are mixed daily with the food or given together with a treat. The capsules can also be opened and the contents mixed into the food. Long-term use is safe and recommended to maintain stable micronutrient levels.
Here are some additional tips that can help in caring for the dog:
- Make sure your dog gets enough rest.
- Introduce your dog to exercise slowly and carefully.
- Avoid activities that put a lot of stress on your dog, such as climbing stairs or jumping.
- Provide a soft and comfortable sleeping surface for your dog.
- Monitor your dog’s food intake and weight.
- Take your dog to the vet regularly to monitor recovery.
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