Dog Disc Disease (IVDD),
Five Steps Toward Preventing It
by Keith Somers / Like Keith & Dog Wonders on Facebook
Dog disc disease, or Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), effects certain smaller breeds of dogs called chondrodystrophoid dogs. They are at greater risk of developing the disease because of a genetic form of dwarfism. Those breeds could be Dachshunds, Corgis, Papillions, Basset Hounds, Miniature Pinschers, Beagles, Shi Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese and still others, however, Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) is particularly prevalent in Dachshunds. The disease effects the flexible discs made up of cartilage which cushions between each bone (vertebrae) of the spinal cord, extending from the base of the skull to the end of the tail.