Call 719-264-6666 or request your pet's appointment online.           Call Now: 719-264-6666Request Appointment Online

Clinical Signs of Canine Intervertebral Disc Disease

Clinical signs vary depending on the breed of the dog (small versus large), location of the disc and the amount and force of the herniated disc.

Small breed dogs with cervical (neck) IVDD often have acute signs including pain, crying out when moving or being picked up, and an extremely stiff neck. The head is often held in a downward position and a front limb lameness may be present. Dogs with cervical IVDD seldom have paralysis. Small breed dogs with thoracolumbar (back) IVDD often have acute signs ranging from pain to hind limb staggering to complete hind limb paralysis (dragging the hind limbs).

Large breed dogs with cervical IVDD also have pain, stiff neck, head held down and front limb lamenesses. Clinical signs in large breed dogs with thoracolumbar IVDD range from pain to hind limb staggering but the signs usually progress slowly.


Quick Info

  • Contact & Scheduling

    Contact & Scheduling

    To schedule call (719) 264-6666 or you can read more to request your appointment online.

    Read More
  • Meet Our Specialists

    Meet Our Specialists

    Our orthopedic veterinary specialty team includes four board certified veterinary surgeons with over 50 years of combined experience.

    Read More
  • Payment Options

    Payment Options

    Colorado Canine Orthopedics accepts a number of payment options and offers links to payment plan sources.

    Read More
  • 1

Connect With Us

  • Follow Us on Facebook and Instagram!

    Keep up with patient stories, updates and fun photos from around our facility.

    Instagram Follow canineortho on Instagram or
    tag your dog's photos with #canineortho.

  • Review Our Services

    Your feedback is important to us. We hope you'll consider sharing your review with others on Google or find other options to share your experience with us. 

    Review us onGoogle+

  • Chucks Waggin

    Chucks WagginYou'll get a kick out of weekly commentary from Chuck, our tiny resident blogger. Find his posts at Chuck's Waggin!


  • 1