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Companion Animal Practice
Intervertebral disc disease in the dog 1. Pathophysiology and diagnosis
  1. Malcolm McKee

    Malcolm McKee is a partner in a referral practice in Solihull, West Midlands, and an RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics). He graduated from Glasgow in 1983 and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania the following year. In 1988, he received an MVS degree from the University of Melbourne and the same year gained membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. He obtained the RCVS diploma in small animal orthopaedics in 1991 and received the BSAVA Simon Award in 1995. He has a particular interest in spinal surgery in the dog.


DEGENERATIVE intervertebral disc disease is the most common spinal disorder in the dog. This article discusses the pathophysiology of intervertebral disc and spinal cord disease, the associated historical and clinical features, differential diagnoses and aids to diagnosis. A second article, to be published in the next issue, will focus on the management options for dogs with intervertebral disc disease.

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