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discospondylosis. clavamox andcipro and pain meds helpful

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discospondylosis. clavamox andcipro and pain meds helpful?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Vet help replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for your question.

Given the treatments you mention, I believe that you mean the Summer is suffering from Discospondylitis (not Discospondylosis). Discospondylitis is an infection within the intervertebral disk space, usually due to spread of infection (bacteria or fungus) through the blood stream.

The most common bacteria associated with Discospondylitis are Staphylococcus spp, Brucella spp, Streptococcus spp, and Escherichia coli.
Dogs with Discospondylitis may suffer from fever, loss of appetite, pain, difficulty or pain with walking, and weight loss. X-rays, blood work, and sometimes a CT or MRI are needed to make the diagnosis.

Treatment for this condition requires long-term antibiotics and pain medications (such as tramadol or Previcox). Clavamox and Cephalexin are helpful
During therapy, x-rays should be repeated about every 3 weeks in order to assess for improvement. It can take up to 6 months for the bony changes to resolve. Clinical signs generally begin to improve within a week to 2 weeks of treatment; but antibiotic therapy is generally needed for 3- 6 months.

If no improvements are seen on antibiotic therapy, a fungal cause for infection should be investigated.
Expert:  Vet help replied 4 years ago.
Hi Shirley,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Summer. How is everything going?

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