Diskospondylitis in Dogs

Alireza A. Gorgi, DVM 
Dennis O’Brien, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)
June, 2007.

Diskospondylitis is an infection of the intervertebral disk and the end plates of the adjacent vertebrae. This disease is fairly common in dogs and has been seen with many different bacterial infections and some fungal infections. Staphylococcal infections are the most common cause of diskospondylitis in dogs. Other common causes include infections with Streptococcus spp, Escherichia coli, and Brucella canis. Some of the less common organisms isolated include Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, Proteus, Actinomyces, Pasteurella, Candida, and Mycobacterium spp. Fungal diseases such as infection with Aspergillus or Paecilomyces spp as well as unspecified fungal infections have also been reported as causes of diskospondylitis.

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