Spinal cord compression in cats and dogs

By Dr Oliver Wilkinson BVSC MRCVS, Dragon Vet Centre, Cheltenham The average dog and cat has 7 bones in their neck, 20 in their back and 3 in the sacrum (bones that pass through and connectvto the pelvis). They also have anywhere from 5 to 23 bones in their tails. That’s a total of somewhere between 35 and 58 spinal vertebrae/bones. The most important are the first 30 from the back of the skull to the top of the tail. These bones provide a bony cage through which the delicate nervous tissue of the spinal cord travels. With the exception...

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