Intervertebral Disc Disease (Ivdd) Is A Condition Where The Cushions Between The Cat'S Spinal Bones Harden, Swell, Or Rupture
Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a condition where the cushions between the cat's spinal bones harden, swell, or rupture. IVDD is more prevalent in cats than in dogs. It is rare, but not impossible, for a cat with the condition to have similar results and outcomes. A cat in pain may hide or mask its symptoms. It may be a challenge to identify if your pet is ill. If you notice any of the following symptoms, however non-specific they may seem to be, call your vet. Spinal pain can cause your cat to stop grooming itself and stop eating. Extreme pain can lead to incontinence as certain nerves are impacted. Extreme back pain may lead to inappetence in an animal. If your cat has back pain, it may be arching or hunching its back. In a few cases, discs may calcify or become more fibrous over time. When this happens, the integrity of the discs lessen and they are more at risk of herniating. The most common place for a herniated disc in your cat would be in its neck. Your vet will palpate your cat's back to look for signs of pain. Radiographs, x-rays, and myelograms can rule out other injuries. If a cat is diagnosed with IVDD, your vet will make a treatment plan based on the severity of the case. In mild cases, pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed. Acupuncture may be the best alternative therapy for IVDD in animals. There is no way to prevent a cat from having IVDD. You can only try your best to prevent your cat from falling out of windows with loose or no screens. If the cat is sick, call the vet immediately. Always consult your doctor for health-related questions. . . .