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Discospondylitis in dogs: a review*

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Vol 4 - Issue 2
Written by Filipa Lourinho DVM MSci MRCVS Neurology Intern at Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists
and Raquel Trevail DVM, Dipl ECVN, MRCVS, European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
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Discospondylitis in dogs: a review*

Discospondylitis in dogs

The patient with back pain is one of the most common presentations in general practice. Discospondylitis is defined as an infection of the intervertebral disc with involvement of the surrounding vertebral bone. The lack of specific city of the clinical signs and the extended list of differential diagnoses makes Discospondylitis in dogs challenging to recognise. Severe complications can arise in later stages and therefore an early diagnosis is crucial. Although still not completely clarified, understanding its pathophysiology may help to better identify this condition. Clinical signs may be as vague as lethargy, inappetence or pyrexia, but neurologic defi cits may be present in advanced stages. Blood and urine can be cultured to isolate the infectious agent but image guided aspiration of the affected site is preferred. Treatment relies on appropriate antibiotic therapy following culture and sensitivity testing but surgery may be necessary in some cases.

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Filipa Lourinho DVM MSci MRCVS Neurology Intern at Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists

Raquel Trevail DVM, Dipl ECVN, MRCVS, European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology

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