A herniated disc in the dog is often associated with severe pain or even paralysis for the quadruped. All the more important is a fast and good treatment. The possibilities are manifold.
From pain to paralysis to incontinence, a herniated disc in a dog can have many different symptoms, depending on the extent and location of the incident. And as diverse as the symptoms, as diverse are the treatment options that are available. Because the treatment depends on the severity of the incident and on the symptoms that show up. Which treatment is suitable for the dog, the doctor must decide in each case.
Herniated disc in dogs: what treatment is possible?
In a not so severe herniated disc in the dog, there is quite the possibility that this can be treated conservatively, that is: That no surgery is needed. A conservative therapy may include rest and sparing, analgesic drugs or physiotherapy. If these conservative therapies do not improve or if there is a severe herniated disc, surgery may be the more promising option for the dog.
When is an OR useful?
For example, symptoms that may make surgery useful include severe or persistent pain, paralysis, or incontinence. Following the surgery, the dog needs a period of regeneration. A good treatment option in this phase may be physiotherapy, which may help to relieve pain, build muscle and improve mobility.