General information on Spondylosis
Spondylosis sometimes called Bone Spurs can form around interverterbral discs as a dog gets older. In rare occasions these bone spurs can grow (osteophytes)that press into the spinal canal causing symptoms similar to a ruptured disc. Spondylosis deformas, can restrict the movement of the spinal column causing pain and stiffness. Spondylosis is more common in larger dogs.
Symptoms of Spondylosis
Symptoms of Spondylosis may include back pain, back stiffness and the dog may whine or cry when touched in the back area.
Treatments for Spondylosis
Treatment of Spondylosis may include a treatment with analgesics (pain killers).
If this does not work then surgery may be needed to remove the osteophytes to stop the pressure on the spinal cord. Physical therapy and acupuncture can also help the dog in some cases.
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Spondylosis experience by - June
Grosse Ile, MI
I have an English Setter almost 17! She was inconclusively diagnosed with spondylosis or possibly some spinal constriction 3 or 4 years ago, when her activity level dropped suddenly. We tried various pain remedies, including Adequan, with variable success. Within the last year, her symptoms started looking like Cauda Equina...inability to discern position of her rear legs, rear toes curling over, weakness. My local vet did not have her full history, and was adamant that prednisone would NOT help, but I acquired some and have successfully had her on a low dose (2-3 mg daily) for 8 months. Prior to the low dose, I had her on a higher dose and started a slow taper; she was doing cartwheels practically (after she turned 16). I truly believe this low dose, despite vets saying it is inadequate...is helping her. My father had polymyalgia rheumatica, and a 180 lb human weans from prednisone at this same low dose, so I believe this 2-3 mg roughly, is clearly effective.
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