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 myelogram uses a contrasting agent or dye to illuminate the affected region of the spine. X-rays are taken before and after the injection of the contrasting agent. The outline of the spinal cord and any herniated disc material can be seen on the post-contrast x-rays. As technology improves, this procedure is sometimes coupled with a CT Scan to provide additional information about a selected region of the spinal column. Shown below is a myelogram of a dachshund with a ruptured disc.
- 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.