The disease background to cervical spondylopathy is a narroving of cervical part of spinal canal which may occur due to:
It is mainly common among big dog breeds ( Great Danes, Dobermans) and full blood horses.
First occur usually in 3-18 month of age (in dogs) and up to 3 years of age in horses. In dogs it begins with ataxia which gradually deepens into four limb paralysis. Altough, deficiencies are present in cranial part of the spinal cord , in most cases not front but hind legs are affected by hemiparesis ! There is no pain reaction in the neck unless head is lifted up. What is more the result of „wheelbarrow” is negative. Horses unlike dogs have four limbs ataxia and paralysis. Hind legs have a bit more affected than front.
The best way to confirm you diagnosis is to make an X-Ray and if need be melography. In mild cases both in dogs and horses restriction of movement and administration of painkillers is advised. In more severe cases the animal may need a surgery (stabilization or decompression of spinal cord).
Changes in dog differ depending on the breed of the dog.