Prognosis for a dog to recover from Canine Intervertebral Disc Disease is dependent upon the severity and duration of clinical signs, and treatments used. In general, dogs with IVDD treated by non-surgical options have a relatively high rate of recurrence. Dogs with cervical IVDD have an excellent prognosis when treated with surgery. Paralyzed patients with intact deep pain sensation when the toes are pinched have an excellent prognosis with surgery but have approximately a 10% recurrence rate. The surgeons at Colorado Canine Orthopedics have performed thousands of spinal surgeries and are considered experts in this field.
Intervertebral Disc Disease most commonly affect small and toy breed dogs. Clinical signs vary depending on location and severity of spinal cord compression. Non-ambulatory dogs are best treated via surgical decompression and have over a 90% rate of full recovery.