3 Common Canine Degenerative Diseases

Aimee Beck
5 min readJan 12, 2021

We sure do love our dogs. Sometimes it feels like they understand us better than any human ever could. They sense when we’re sad. They feel our excitement. They celebrate our joy and comfort us when we’re unwell.

Most of all, they love us unconditionally.

As pet parents, you want to do everything you can to keep your furry family members healthy and happy.

The best way to do just that is to arm yourself with knowledge. Take the time to learn about potential health problems that may arise.

Today we’ll talk about degenerative diseases you should have on your radar. We’ll explore causes, symptoms, treatments, and even prevention.

We have a lot to cover in this post, so let’s get right to it.

Disclaimer: This article is meant to educate and inform. The information contained herein should not be substituted for medical advice. If your dog shows symptoms of ill health, consult your veterinarian.

What is a Degenerative Disease?

A degenerative disease comes about when the function and structure of tissues and organs begin to deteriorate progressively.

Basically, it begins slowly.

You may notice that your dog is a bit more disoriented than usual. He might stumble or wobble when walking. At first, you may chalk it up to fatigue. But you soon notice it doesn’t improve. Instead, the condition worsens until your dog can barely move without pain or difficulty.

Degenerative diseases can cause permanent disability, and even death, in all dog breeds.

Let’s take a closer look at three common canine degenerative diseases.

Degenerative Lumbosacral Stenosis (DLSS)

Degenerative lumbosacral stenosis (aka Cauda equine syndrome) is an extremely common disease.

DLSS is the deterioration of the lumbosacral disc-a disc in the lower regions of the spine-and is caused by compression of the soft tissue and nerve roots in the lower back.

Compression can be caused by an instability in the spinal column or by a vertebral malformation, which causes back pain and…



Aimee Beck

Independent Content Marketing Manager | SEO/UX Copywriter | Editor. Let me breathe new life into your web pages, blog posts and email campaigns. Email me today!