A Lhasa apso’s vertebral backbone consists of 34 bones (discs) called the vertebrae, from the neck bones to the tail bones. The vertebral backbone or column includes a spinal cord and nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs and a blood supply. Each disc in the vertebrae is protected by a gel-like fluid that allows the dog to move from neck to tail without any of the bones making contact and causing pain. Over time, the gel-like fluid becomes progressively dehydrated, causing a degenerative disc. If the disc in the neck is affected, a Lhasa may tend to refuse to eat, drink or move its head; or it may cry and exhibit pain. With such symptoms be sure to contact your local Rockford area veterinarian at http://www.rockfordvetclinics.com/ for immediate medical diagnosis and attention.
According to MichVet.com, a degenerative or ruptured disc of the neck or back is extremely painful for a dog. The Lhasa apso is one of the breeds prone to this condition because of a genetic predisposition, which usually occurs with age. A disc is comprised of a hard outer shell with a soft gel-type center. The top of the disc is thinner and just below the spinal cord. When a disc ruptures or degenerates in the neck, the thinner top part of the disc tears and disc material gets within the spinal cord canal. The ruptured disc causes damage, inflammation and pressure on the spinal cord. The inflammation causes extreme neck pain and could lead to weakness and paralysis to all four legs.
The Mansfield Animal Clinic website states that the cause of a degenerated or ruptured disc in the neck may be due to an injury or trauma. However, many injuries or falls are actually the result of a very painful degenerative or ruptured neck disc.
The Lhasa apso may look as if it has a stiff neck or favor its neck and head ; it may not want to eat or drink; and it may have a bulge at the neck, may cry or yelp due to pain or may show signs of weakness or lameness in one or more limbs.
After a veterinarian gets the history of the neck pain, uncoordinated walk or paralysis, he will run tests, such as a myelogram, a computed tomography (CT) or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In a myelogram, dye is injected into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord before radiographs (X-rays) are taken; the dye will show where the pressure on the spinal cord is located.
Treatment begins with strict rest, minimal activity and an anti-inflammatory medication. In more serious cases, surgery may be required in which a small incision is made in the affected area to remove fragmented disc material. Recovery takes about two weeks.
Medication therapy should be continued at home per your veterinarian’s orders and the Lhasa should be kept in a restful state for at least two weeks. A harness should be used rather than a collar to ward off any further neck injuries. The dog should be monitored to be sure the incision is healing properly and follow up with the veterinarian within two weeks.
http://www.michvet.com/library/neurology_ivds_neck.asp http://www.mansfieldanimalclinic.com/education/Degenerative%20Disc%20Disease%20in%20Dogs.pdf http://www.gopetsamerica.com/dog-health/intervertebral-disk-disease.aspx
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