Spondylosis is a degenerative, non-inflammatory condition of the spinal column characterised by the production of bone spurs along the bottom, sides, and upper aspects of the vertebrae of the spine. These bone spurs are simply projected growths of bone, usually grown in response to ageing, or injury.

In dogs, Spondylosis occurs most often along the spine, in the area behind the chest, and on the upper section of the vertebrae of the lower back. Older, large-breed dogs are at highest risk for developing this condition

Symptoms and Types

  • Patients are typically asymptomatic, the growth of bone can be felt when touching your pet before you will notice any behavioural changes a result of the growth
  • Pain may follow fracture of bony spurs or bridges
  • Stiffness/ restricted motion
  • Pain

Causes of Spondylosis

  • Repeated micro trauma – repetitive pressure on the same joints, or bones, as through certain exercises or other activities
  • Major trauma – the body responds by attempting to grow new bone
  • Inherited predisposition to spurs
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