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Beating the Odds of Intervertebral Disc Disease

Late last year, my beagle Brodie started showing signs of discomfort when walking. I took him to the vet immediately the next morning for a checkup and she found two discs in his spine had calcified, a condition known as Intervertebral disc disease or IVDD. I made an appointment for him to see a neurologist the following Monday, but over the weekend his prognosis worsened and by Saturday afternoon he was paralyzed in his hind legs. I rushed him to an emergency clinic (over 2 hours away) for surgery that night and doctors discovered he had lost deep pain sensation. His chances of walking again were not good—less than 30 percent. Regardless, I requested the neurologist proceed with surgery.

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