Canine Obesity As A Cause Of Intervertebral Disc Disease and Chronic Lameness In The Dog

The debilitating effects of ruptured intervertebral discs and the sequelae of spinal surgery at worst or chronic pain at best is an example of why a pinch of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. Australind Vet can help prevent this.

cropped and resized spine

This dog has had multiple collapsed discs in it’s back. Abdominal fat accumulates making the abdomen heavy and pendulous. Gravitational forces pull downwards on the dog’s back and spine. This can lead to intervertebral disc disease. Following rupture of a disc, the body tries to stabilise the area by laying down calcium. This is seen as osteoarthritis of the spine or spondylosis. This also creates inflammation around spinal nerve roots which is very painful and can also cause referred pain down limbs and loss of function of the legs, bladder and anus.


This can lead to ataxia, paralysis and both urinary and faecal incontinence


Proper weight management of your dog can help prevent the disastrous consequences of ruptured intervertebral discs and the debilitating pain.

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