Spondylosis is a spine disorder usually seen in elderly dogs that causes new bone growth around the vertebrae. Although the severity of spondylosis can vary from dog to dog, such as arthritis, the condition will worsen over time.
What Causes Spondylosis In Dogs?
Any breed of dog can develop spondylosis, and most dogs also develop spondylosis in old age. Canines older than 10 years are at higher risk for spondylosis. Although there is still some controversy on the precise causes of spondylosis, the key explanations for bone spur development on the spine are assumed to be:
- Repeated bone wear and anxiety
- Serious injuries
- Predisposition in genes
Poor diet, depression and lack of exercise are also known to be the causes of some cases of spondylosis.
What Are The Symptoms Of Spondylosis In Dogs?
The signs of spondylosis in dogs can vary from dog to dog. Only because the dog has spondylosis does not mean that they will have any of the above signs. Some dogs will never have a single complaint, and others will have great pain. Although these situations are going to be so different, your furry companion may collapse somewhere in this continuum. Few typical symptoms include:
- Stiff Movement
- Lameness and limping
- Motion restriction
- Sluggish to get up after the nap
- Pain in the spine if the spur of the bone is serious
Treating Spondylosis in Dogs
Spondylosis is not curable at all. Like most dog owners, the diagnosis is initially a huge shock. However with a little bit of luck and the right steps, the quality of life of the infected dogs can be preserved very well.
Painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications are the primary medicines used to treat spondylosis. They are meant to relieve the effects of relapses.
Suitable fitness exercises such as physiotherapy and water gymnastics for dogs with spondylosis are helpful between individual attacks.
Since ossifications often press the nerves or the spinal cord, surgery can also be required in serious cases. However this is associated with serious complications, particularly with older dogs, and should therefore always be the last resort in the treatment of spondylosis.
What is the Prognosis Of Spondylosis?
Spondylosis is not a deadly illness. For dogs that do not show symptoms, the dog is likely to live their entire life without any problems.
For those that have symptoms, a successful treatment plan can help to maintain a good quality of life, including with Spondylosis. The dog can face certain mobility problems due to the decreased range of motion caused by Spondylosis.
Your vet may give your dog a more informed prognosis based on the progression of your dog’s condition.