INVERTEBRAL DISC DISEASE (IVDD) | North American Coton Association | UKC National Breed Club

INVERTEBRAL DISC DISEASE (IVDD) | North American Coton Association | UKC National Breed Club
INVERTEBRAL
INVERTEBRAL DISC DISEASE (IVDD)
 

IVDD is a condition where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst (herniate) into the spinal cord space. These discs then press on the nerves running through the spinal cord causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis.

 

While our breed is relatively healthy compared to more long-established dog breeds it is imperative that responsible breeders continue to use every avenue for helping to ensure healthy litters through health testing. DNA markers are a definitive way to accomplish this and many diseases are now kept at bay because of available markers. Tragically, too many Coton breeders and owners have had to deal with the heartbreak of herniated disc in their beloved Cotons, with an expensive surgery as a possible fix but with no guarantee for a healthy outcome. Due to the high cost of diagnostic testing, surgery and recovery, dogs are sometimes put down.

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a condition where the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spinal column either bulge or burst (herniate) into the spinal cord space. These discs then press on the nerves running through the spinal cord causing pain, nerve damage, and even paralysis.

In keeping with our Club Objective "To support health studies related to the Coton de Tulear," in January 2016 the NACA Board of Directors approved a motion to contribute  to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to initiate this study and approved a motion to reimburse vet and shipping costs to ten owners sending blood samples from their dogs. We will keep the Coton community updated on any progress or news from this study.