Home » Home and Family » Pets

What You Should Know About Intervertebral Disk Disease In Beagle

Feb 15, 2008
When you examine your Beagle, you will notice that they have unusual legs and backs. Beagles are known to have two unique characteristics. They are known to develop weak legs and a crooked back and that makes them more prone to various illnesses; one of it is the intervertebral disk disease.

The vertebral column and intervertebral disks of a Beagle is similar to other dogs and cats and even to humans. Vertebral column or the backbone is composed of a series of small bones called vertebrae. These small bones surround and protect the spinal cord, a collection of nerves in which information is transmitted between the body and brain. The spinal cord should be protected because once damaged, a dog's sensations and normal movement of the body will be greatly affected. Intervertebral disks separate the vertebrae. These intervertebral disks are soft tissue structures that allow normal movement of the spine from head to tail.

Two components make up a normal intervertebral disk. These two components are annulus fibrosus and nucleus pulposus. Annulus fibrosus is the outer layer that contains nucleus pulposus, a jelly-like portion. Annulus fibrosus should prevent nucleus pulposus from bulging outwards. Once this jelly-like portion bulges out into the vertebral canal and press the spinal cord, Intervertebral Disk Disease or IVDD occurs.

IVDD is a condition wherein the spinal cord is compressed causing mild pain in the neck or back in mild cases. Severe case of intervertebral disk disease causes paralysis, loss of sensation and lack of bladder and bowel control. This disease that usually affects dogs between three to eight years is triggered by any normal activity such as jumping and running or minor trauma such as falling while playing. IVDD is common in the lower portion of the spine (thoracolumbar) but is also seen in the cervical region or the neck. A dog with IVDD in the thoracolumbar exhibits pain and is reluctant to walk, jump and/or play. The back may also be arched and weakness of hind legs can be present. When the dog often points its nose toward the ground, then it is cervical disk disease. The pain is in the neck and muscles in this area may be tense. The dog is usually less active and some will just lay and sleep most of the time.

This disease can be treated either through medication or surgery. Minor cases with no neurological problems can be treated through medical therapy. Drugs such as anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant are usually administered. Surgery is recommended in severe condition and rapidly progressing symptoms. Doing normal activities is strictly restricted to prevent the disease from getting worst.
About the Author
Richard Cussons creates information articles about dogs. To discover more about Beagle training, visit beaglesavvy.com and obtain as much information as you want about Beagles.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 109
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources