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Well, we were taught in vet school that spondylosis was usually an incidental finding. Sooo since I am sitting here at work, I decided to look it up in one of the "bibles", Rhea Morgan's Handbook of Small Animal Practice. She states that it is "usually an incidental radiographic finding", "rarely osteophytes encroach on the vertebral column or spinal nerve, causing pain and deficits.". Further, she states, " treatment is usually not necessary.". And finally, "if pain or neurologic deficits are present, another condition is probably responsible.".
When my Laney was six, she had some recurrent urinary issues...so I radiographed her abdomen. Well, her spine was included and it was nose to tail spondylosis.. To be complete, I had a specialist ultrasound her bladder. When she saw the radiograph, she remarked that she had the organs of a six year old and the spine of a twelve year old. I don't think she had gotten her UD yet. She continued to compete because she lived for the training. But she died in October 2006, would have been 12 in January 2007, was never on rimadyl, only dasuquin and fish oil and was still jumping in the Rally Excellent class two weeks before her splenic tumor ruptured...
Spondylosis is not always awful... Laney showed neither pain nor neuro deficits...
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"Samantha, George, Tiki, Emily, Mick and Basil" Gone but not forgotten, Sally(Windjammer's Ima Country Girl CDX CGC), Laney(Mandell Marlenes Celebration UD RA CGC), and Cookie(Starseeker's Kissmas Cookie CDX RE CGC).