IVDD; my 7lbs 4 1/2 yr Maltese was recently diagnosed with IVDD. After 9days of conservative tx, we are already seeing improvement and she is able to stand and walk again. She had 3 lame legs-paresis/weakness and deep pain sensation but could not walk and was in excruciating pain-still in moderate pain. Just wondering how many acute episodes of disc ruptured has your dog had after the 1st episode after your dog was 1st diagnosed? I read a sad statistics in a vet medicine journal that even after 1st surgery and recovery; 50% of dogs diagnosed with IVDD are euthanized secondary to subsequent acute painful episodes and paralysis. That’s a high rate! Just trying to prepare ourselves as to what to expect in the future. Any studies done on IVDD and how many episodes they have in their average life span. They do have over 20+ vertebrae that could each degenerate and pinch the spinal cord again right?