Intervertebral disc disease is defined in “Clinical Veterinary Advisor” as ” Degeneration and displacement of disk material into the vertebral canal or intervertebral foramen, causing variable clinical signs that include discomfort ( ranging from mild to excruciating) and/or gait disturbance ( ranging from mild ataxia to paralysis)”.
The key to understanding and treating this disease is “degeneration”. The term is mentioned often in veterinary texts- with little or no effort to explain the cause of the degeneration. From a functional perspective, degeneration of cartilaginous material instantly brings to mind vitamin C. Without adequate vitamin C, cartilage cannot be maintained- or repaired.
Vitamin C, in addition to being necessary to repair degenerated discs, is also and excellent pain reliever- if sufficiently large dosees are given often enough. The amount of vitamin C necessary to achieve functional adequacy is often quite large. The amount necessary will vary from patient to patient. The best way to determine the amount of vitamin C necessary is to do a vitamin C flush.
There are, of course, nutrients other than vitamin C that are necessary for the repair of diseased discs. These nutrients are usually included in supplements intended to heal damaged discs. These supplements do not contain nearly enough vitamin C. Without supplemental vitamin C, healing will be prolonged- if it occurs at all.