Discospondylitis in Dogs

What it is Discospondylitis in Dogs?

Discospondylitis (DS) is an infection of the vertebrae and intervertebral discs in the dog’s spine, usually caused by bacteria. Middle-aged to older large and giant breeds often suffer from the condition.

What Are The Symptoms of Discospondylitis?

  • Back pain
  • Stiffness
  • Lameness
  • Sluggishness
  • Hind limb weakness

Discospondylitis Treatment For Dogs:

Antibiotic therapy can help eradicate the bacterial infection, although surgery may be required to correct the problem in more advanced cases. Spinal surgery is covered by many pet insurance plans, as is the cost of prescription medication.

Cost of Treatment: $7,900 to $15,055 for surgery

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