IVDD Diagnostic Tools
Several tools are used to diagnose IVDD with each carrying a different cost and serving a different function.
Please use the guide below to access information about the various tools used by veterinarians in the diagnosis of Intervertebral Disc Disease [IVDD].
The CT scan is an X-ray technique where a computer is used to reconstruct cross-sectional images of the animal in the scanner. It provides invaluable information for surgical planning of many spinal cord disorders. We now use the CT scan almost exclusively for the diagnosis of disc disease in dogs and cats because it is fast and accurate. In contrast to myelography, CT scanning is also a non-invasive technique. Extruded disc material can usually be seen without the need for a contrast agent.
CT scans made at the end of the rib cage. A: A normal dog with the spinal cord surrounded by fat and bone (arrow). B: A dog with a large disc extrusion (arrowhead).
- There are no 'over-the-counter' fixes for IVDD. Please consult a qualified veterinarian before using any medications or OTC products on your dachshund.
- The information offered herein is for informational and educational and purposes only. Seek the timely care of a licensed veterinarian or veterinary surgeon if you believe your dog is exhibiting any of the signs or symptoms of IVDD. This website does not seek to diagnose or treat IVDD.