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].
X-Ray or Radiographs
Many veterinarians will take x-rays or radiographs in an attempt to see a suggestion of disc rupture. These views are generally non-conclusive. DRBC does endorse the use of x-ray or radiograph pre-surgically or for dogs in respiratory distress to confirm sound lung function, eliminating the concerns for pneumonia which some dachshunds can develop. A radiograph of a dachshund with a ruptured disk is shown below.
- 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.