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Wife took our Eva to the nuro-vet yesterday to try and possibly eliminate the DM prognosis out regular vet gave us last week. With the x-rays we gave him and the battery of tests done he has a suspicion of a slipped disk in her lower back.

We have a CT scan lined up for next tuesday and if he finds anything during the imaging we gave the go ahead for surgery.

What Im trying to wrap my head around is a slipped disc unusual in a 8yo? or can it happen at anytime?
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I know small dogs are very prone to get slip discs at that age- usually the ones that jump up and off the couch.

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Our dogs always jump from the couch, bed, car, truck on a regular basis.
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Wife took our Eva to the nuro-vet yesterday to try and possibly eliminate the DM prognosis out regular vet gave us last week. With the x-rays we gave him and the battery of tests done he has a suspicion of a slipped disk in her lower back.

We have a CT scan lined up for next tuesday and if he finds anything during the imaging we gave the go ahead for surgery.

What Im trying to wrap my head around is a slipped disc unusual in a 8yo? or can it happen at anytime?


A disc injury can happen anytime. Mine happened when a Mack truck rear ended me. Other people move just right and it happens.


A CT? Or a MRI? I had MRI's done, not CT's.




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I'm not sure how common it is in shepherds but don't see why it would be much different- if older and stiff, weak abdomen muscles, or genetically prone to something like slip disk. I know more impact on smaller dogs from jumping on couch so forth. But constant repetition of something that can cause stress on a body and can have its effects. My aunts had a small dog around 10 years old constantly jumping up and off couch- causing slip disc. He had surgery and is doing good now. No more jumping on couch for him and he will try.
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Wife took our Eva to the nuro-vet yesterday to try and possibly eliminate the DM prognosis out regular vet gave us last week. With the x-rays we gave him and the battery of tests done he has a suspicion of a slipped disk in her lower back.

We have a CT scan lined up for next tuesday and if he finds anything during the imaging we gave the go ahead for surgery.

What Im trying to wrap my head around is a slipped disc unusual in a 8yo? or can it happen at anytime?


A disc injury can happen anytime. Mine happened when a Mack truck rear ended me. Other people move just right and it happens.


A CT? Or a MRI? I had MRI's done, not CT's.

Wow you are lucky you are alive but I'm sure you are more then aware of that.
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Yes you would want an mri done.
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Doc said a CT will work for this application.

That being said, I dropped of Eva this morning for the scan. Im trying to remain optimistic for a good outcome.
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I hope everything works out. Sending good wishes your way keep us all posted!
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-13-2016, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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CT scan came back normal. Vet is now thinking it might be soft tissue damage because of a small amount of fatty tissue around 1 lumbar disc or could possibly be early arthritis on her SI joint.

Ill know more later today when we pick Eva up.
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