Dozer has Spondylosis Deformans

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Dozer has Spondylosis Deformans

Postby heather » Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:00 pm

I don't post much more than Laws these days, but Dozer had to go to the vet b/c he was in pain. He threw up his food two meals in a row on Friday. After rice for a day, he is fine. A few days ago he began to whimper when he got down from furniture and was generally clingy and reluctant to move much, shake or roll over. Then, he started having pain walking up stairs too.

Today, the vet ran bloodwork that came back fine. She took an xray and found a few bony growths and said that is what the pain is, however I have been reading up on this and it says in some of the literature that most dogs have NO symptoms and it isn't clear how this causes pain. she said he was young to have it--he is almost 6, but everything on the internet says that many dogs have some degree of it and it is found while looking for someone else.

So, it says it is a non-inflammatory disease, but he is on two weeks of Deramaxx and a course of muscle relaxant. Now, is it possible due to the sudden onset of his symptoms that he has muscle strain in his back and that this finding is coincidental? Does she suspect this and is that why she gave him these meds?

I feel bad b/c some people on the internet are saying it will cause paralysis and I am afraid of him having a very limited life.

I am hoping that his pain is caused by something else and that the spondylosis deformans isn't the cause.. :sad:

Any experience with this condition?

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Postby PitBull-Lady » Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:18 pm

Our first female had it and it like yours just showed up one day.

We had noticed a little of her getting 'older' but at 8 it was just too young in our minds.

We treated it ok, and it seemed that as the weeks went on her back had more of an arch in one area. Which is typical.

The big thing is these guys are tough cookies and don't often let us know they are hurting until it is CRITICAL.

I'd love to tell you all the things we did, but I honestly forget all the stuff and I've shredded all the vet records.

For us, this was the first of many bad things to happen with Amnesty. So the Spondulosa became secondary.

HOWEVER, we has several Basset hounds that had it and they were ok for a long time. It was difficult for them as they got older anyway because of the leg issues and such.

Good Luck.
Remember Second Opinions are not a bad thing. If you can find a specialist in your area it will save a lot of second guessing.

Aother thing to do is make a follow up appt and do another x-ray to see if things have changed. Sometimes the x-ray is not clear enough for the dr. and a specialist can diagnose it better. In fact we did not even have to bring our pet in for a consult because all they needed to do was look at the x-ray for comparison etc.

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Postby PitBull-Lady » Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:21 pm

one other thing to consider, the reason it hurts is because the spinal bones basically have a growth over/in them and they are fusing together. Thus the pain. As more fuse, more pain.

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Postby Misskiwi67 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:24 pm

Spondylosis is found in MANY dogs and it rarely causes pain. Its just a red herring... unless the spondylosis is so bad that it causes pinched nerves.

If you vet is blaming the spondylosis, I would see an orthopedic specialist.

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Postby heather » Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:25 pm

thanks.. she saw that xray and stopped and said she knew what it was.. he only has two of those bridges and I feel like he pulled a muscle or something.. he is feeling great on ONE day of meds. If spondy. is non-inflammatory why would Deramaxx work?


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