Iowa State University Veterinarian

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Abnormal conditions of the canine can produce clinical signs that in some way mimic those associated with intervertebral disc disease. This oftentimes leads to unnecessary confusion and frustration in the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of these cases by practicing veterinarians. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the signs associated with those seen most commonly and thereby to clarify the manner in which these can be most readily differentiated in a clinical situation.