Has your Coton experienced IVDD?

by Cathy

I was wondering if any Coton parents have experienced IVDD. Our 5 year old female had emergency surgery for a herniated disc in April and was completely paralyzed. It happened out of the blue and our breeder told us that it is her first case. Genetic testing for IVDD evidently not available here. She is now recovering and can walk but I am told there is chance of a relapse.

I can’t find anything online about IVDD experiences in Coton de Tulears and would very much appreciate reading or hearing about how others have dealt with this and avoided recurrence. Thank you. Cathy

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May 27, 2023
Herniated disc NEW
by: Virginia

That is interesting that you posted this. We came home from a trip 3 weeks ago and our Cotons met us at the door of our children’s house, tails wagging, so excited,etc! All of a sudden our 7 year old let out a squeal that we had never heard before. Well, I carefully scooped her up and she had lost bladder control and her little back legs were together , like she was paralyzed! Our son and I rushed her to the vet, while my husband stayed back with our other Coton. Of course, I was scared to death. They gave her some shots, took X-rays and sent us home. I followed up with our regular vet 2 days later. She agreed with the ER vet for crate rest for 2 weeks and a follow up visit. Then one more week of crate rest. Well, she can walk but you can tell something is wrong, but she doesn’t squeal and we are only taking her on short walks. She has never, ever had any type of problems before. Sure hope she doesn’t need surgery, but if she does, we will take her to the vet school at Auburn Univ.

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