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Hey guys I just got Sparky, my fawn boxer, an MRI and the doctor told me he has discospondylitis, or infection in the disc. He told me that my boy needs antibiotics and I just wanted to see if anyone has gone through this and can give me some tips. Before he thought he had spine problems, but now he gave me this diagnosis. Please help me out. Thank you!

David

p.s. here he is...
 

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Oh wow!  He's gorgeous!
Never heard of the thingy you said.  I hope it doesn't turn into something worse.
We'll pray for you guys!
 

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Wow, I had never heard of that, but checked out those links that Barb provided, seems to be more prevelent in males, un-nuetered..Hope the antibiotics help. He's a handosme boy
 

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Spondylosis is the random fusion of vertebrae along the bottom of the spinal column. Calcification can occur within the spinal column as well, causing pain, paralysis and/or difficulty with mobility.

Spondylosis only seems more prevalent in unaltered animals because show and breeding populations are the only populations that have been actively studied for this particular condition, and higher incidence has actually been seen in bitches than in dogs. One particular study was conducted among Norwegian show/breeding populations, and another in Italian dogs. While more prevalent in European lines, Spondylosis can also be found in some North American lines as well, and usually shows up on OFA hip xrays. Having said this, OFA hip xrays only cover the lower portion of the spine, so Spondylosis of the thoracic area of the spine might be commonly missed, however, I would think that we'd see much more by way of paralysis/mobility issues and even death (if the fusion happened high enough) if this were common. Screening for Spondylosis currently isn't common or currently recommended in North American breeding populations, however, some boxer clubs in Europe do recommend screening.

Unfortunately, at this point in time, there is no cure for this disease. You can, however, treat it as you would treat any other arthritic condition. I have a spayed bitch who was xrayed as having loose hips and I have found a wonderful product called "Synovi G3" (use the granular form, as some dogs don't like the treats).

Here are a few links about Spondylosis in boxers:

http://home.online.no/~hennilu/English/ ... PONDY.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entre ... stractPlus

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entre ... stractPlus

http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/projects/saort ... 61mast.htm

Also wanted to add that this is an inherited condition. If your male isn't altered, please do not use him for breeding as he can pass this condition onto his puppies.
 

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Thanks everyone and thanks for the links. I will let you guys any info. I receive from my vet.

David
 
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