Why a Dachshund with IVDD should not see a Chiropractor

There’s a new article from DodgersList explaining why a Dachshund with back problems should not see a Chiropractor. The paper concludes with this:

Ideally, a neurologic examination and diagnostic work-up should be done if a herniated disk is suspected or if the patient has neurologic deficits. If the MRI or CAT Scan shows severe spinal cord compression, surgery to remove the herniated disk material is recommended. This facilitates a quicker and more complete recovery. If imaging does not show severe spinal cord compression, medical management (crate rest, medications) may be recommended. If advanced imaging and/or surgery is not feasible, medical management can be attempted. However, chiropractic therapy is NOT an advisable component of medical management for a chondrodystrophic dog with clinical signs suggestive of IVDD because of the risk of worsening an existing herniated disk.

 

The paper is written by Dr. Andrew Isaacs, DVM Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology) and Dr. Jared Galle, DVM Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)

Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center in Michigan, USA.

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