Cauda Equina Syndrome in Dogs

Introduction

Cauda equina syndrome is a disorder in which the nerves of a dog’s hind limbs, rear end and tail are compressed causing neurologic deficits and pain. 

Dog breeds most commonly affected by cauda equine syndrome are German Shepherds, Great Danes, Airedale terriers, Irish Setters, English Springer Spaniels, Boxers, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers. Overall this disease affects medium to large breed dogs. The onset of cauda equine syndrome usually begins at around 6 or 7 years of age, once dogs are approaching senior status, but may be seen at younger age if there is developmental instability in the lower back (transitional lumbosacral junction). This problem is seen more often in male dogs than in female dogs and is often seen in highly active dogs such as police or military working dogs.

Whenever your pet is showing signs of a health issue, your first step is to contact your primary care veterinarian. If your pet is exhibiting symptoms of cauda equine syndrome or another serious condition, a veterinary specialist is available at an ExpertVet certified hospital.