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Scoliosis in Pets

Meet Oakley, an 8-month-old female, Siberian kitten. Oakley arrived at our facility with acute vomiting and diarrhea, on and off for 3 days, decreased energy and appetite, with mild lethargy and dehydration.

Routine diagnostics were done — blood work and fecal. Diarrhea and vomiting were resolved with medication and supportive care while at NPVEC. Radiographs were taken and scoliosis was an incidental finding.

So far, Oakley is doing well. Oakley has an increased relative risk for soft-tissue compression problems like ligaments and spinal discs. Keeping Oakley lean will help reduce pressures on the spine.

Scoliosis in dogs and cats is congenital, meaning that it is present at birth or shows up sometime shortly thereafter. Scoliosis is an abnormal position or curvature of the spine, and most often it is congenital, but occasionally, it is an acquired condition (think trauma).

With regular check-ups and a strong wellness plan, Oakley should go on to live a very long and healthy life!