SUMMARY: IVDD surgery is often thought of as a last resort for dogs diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease. So when is IVDD surgery the best option? And why? In Part III of Dr. Julie Buzby’s series on IVDD in dogs, she resumes the story of Tango, a 4-year-old miniature Dachshund who had been diagnosed with […]
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In part II of this series on IVDD in dogs, a miniature Dachshund named Tango receives conservative medical management to treat intervertebral disc disease. Integrative veterinarian Dr. Julie Buzby recounts Tango’s non-surgical treatment plan and shares why surgery for IVDD correlates to the severity of IVDD symptoms. For Part 1 in this series, please read, “IVDD in Dogs: Why it Happens.” The answer may surprise you.
If you have ever owned or loved a Dachshund, you are probably familiar with the most common spinal disease in dogs—intervertebral disc disease, commonly referred to as IVDD.
But I don’t like to talk about “diseases,” I like to talk about dogs, so our story begins with a MUCH loved four-year-old miniature Dachshund named Tango.
As the days become sweltering and humid, some call this time of year “the dog days of summer.” But as a veterinarian, I call it lar par season. The temperature escalates, and so do the cases of laryngeal paralysis presenting to veterinarians, often as life-threatening emergencies.
I firmly believe that we can all learn from each other, so I’ve captured the “best of” questions, comments, and personal stories from dog owners whose lives have been touched by lar par. Additionally, I’ve compiled my own answers to commonly asked questions about canine laryngeal paralysis.
If your dog suffers from this condition, I’d like to offer hope and inspiration by sharing this quote I received from one reader: “There is life with lar par and we are living it.”