My little old terrier seems to have a bad back. At times he finds it difficult to jump up and is quite hunched. Do you think this might be a disc problem?

Graham Finch advises…

If his signs have been going on for a while and are intermittent, then I think disc disease (while still possible) is less likely. I would suggest he has an X-ray to get things checked out. There are two things we’d look for: a condition called spondylosis and another called lumbosacral instability. Both of these conditions are degenerative in nature and usually respond well to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. In all likelihood, he would need long-term medication.


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