Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), also known as herniated disc or slipped disc, is a condition where the fibrous tissue between the bones of the spine either bulge or rupture.
No, but if left untreated IVDD can lead to completely loss of mobility which will lead to further complications.
A veterinarian will perform a physical exam and a medical history questionnaire on your dog. Motor function, reflexes, gait, and response to foot and body manipulation will all be monitored. To gage severity of the condition x-rays, bloodwork, CT scan, or an MRI may be required.
For mild cases of IVDD, anti-inflammatories and crating will likely suffice. Keeping your dog in a crate will ensure it does exacerbate the existing injury. Improvement to the point of no longer needing treatment is likely within 4 weeks.
In severe cases, decompression surgery to remove the bone over the spinal canal may be required. Recovery from surgery will depend on the severity of the condition.