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Ischaemic myelopathy Owner Factsheet

Back (spinal) problems are common in dogs and some breeds of dog may be particularly at risk of particular types of spinal problem. If your dog has a spinal problem they may have neck or back pain or show a variety of signs including difficulty walking, jumping, using one or more legs or even complete paralysis. These signs may occur suddenly (acute spinal problem) or more progressively (chronic spinal problem). Unfortunately signs of spinal problem are not typical of a specific disease and many spinal problems (slipped disc, fractured spine, spinal infection, spinal tumour, ischaemic myelopathy) can cause similar signs. If you suspect your dog might have a spinal problem (especially an acute one) you should make sure your vet checks them over as soon as possible. Some conditions may just require rest and pain killers whereas in others your pet may need urgent surgery if they are to recover. Common causes of spinal problem in dogs include slipped disc, fractured spine and ischaemic myelopathy. Ischaemic myelopathy is a disease that comes on very suddenly without warning and can be very frightening however most affected dogs recover.

What is ischaemic myelopathy?

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What are the signs of ischemic myelopathy?

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How will my vet know if my pet has ischaemic myelopathy?

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Can ischaemic myelopathy be treated?

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