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Degenerative Spinal Stenosis in Dogs

Dog being treated for spinal stenosis

Pictured: Dog being treated for spinal stenosis


Degenerative spinal stenosis, also referred to as lumbosacral stenosis, is a painful condition caused by narrowing of the spinal column that puts pressure on the spinal cord. This disease can be the result of a degenerative or congenital narrowing of the spinal column.

  • Degenerative Spinal Stenosis - Older dogs
  • Congenital / Genetic - Puppies

Spinal stenosis is most common in larger, purebred dogs, but can affect any breed.


The most common sign of degenerative spinal stenosis is pain. The pain may occur in the back, hind legs or the tail. Your dog usually has difficulty getting up but once she begins to walk the stiffness goes away. Here are some other symptoms that may indicate your dog is suffering from degenerative spinal stenosis.

  • Increased muscle atrophy
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Inability to maintain posture
  • Limb paralysis
  • Loss of the ability to control defecation and urination
  • Exaggerated spinal reflexes


Anti-inflammatory medications can be used to reduce pain and swelling. In severe cases surgery may be performed to correct the issue.

Cost to Treat: $2,500 to $5,000 for surgery, $20 to $100 per month for ongoing medication.


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