Lola the French Bulldog was brought into Vetwest Carine after she had suddenly become very wobbly on her hind legs and was struggling to walk. On examination, she had some neurological deficiencies in both hind legs, which told us that the nerve signals were not getting from her feet to her brain. We were concerned that there might be a problem with Lola’s spine, and so we admitted her for spinal x-rays.
The x-rays revealed a condition called hemivertebrae, which is a congenital condition seen in some French Bulldogs where the vertebrae of the spine are fused together from birth. We were worried that there may be some compression of the intervertebral discs, causing pressure on her spinal cord. Lola needed an emergency referral to see a specialist orthopaedic surgeon to perform advanced imaging. This would allow them to see greater detail of the spinal cord and intervertebral discs, and assess whether surgery would be required.
Lola had a CT scan at the referral hospital, which showed that she had intervertebral disc disease
(IVDD). This is a relatively common condition affecting Dachshunds, French Bulldogs and some other small breeds of dog. In patients with IVDD, one or more of the discs in the spine bulges and puts pressure on to the spinal cord, causing pain and neurological signs.
Lola then had spinal surgery to remove the 2 bulging discs which were putting pressure on to her spine. After the surgery, she was kept in the hospital for a few days before being discharged.
Lola is now a month post-op and doing really well. It is a long road to complete recovery but she is back to her normal happy self and her future looks very bright.