Prognosis of Recovery from Canine Intervertebral Disc Disease

Dog Post Neurosurgery

Watch Davie's progress from post-op to 10 weeks after neurosurgery for a spinal cord injury caused by a large disc herniation. Although the majority of patients with disc herniation are more fully recovered at 10 weeks, Davie’s injury was relatively severe. Dr. Miller DVM, DACVS expects continued improvement with the aid of physical therapy.

Prognosis is dependent upon the severity and duration of clinical signs and treatments utilized. Dogs with cervical (neck) IVDD, causing pain but no neurologic deficits, have a fair prognosis when treated with enforced rest although recurrences are common. Dogs with cervical IVDD treated surgically have an excellent prognosis.

Dogs with thoracolumbar (back) IVDD that are not able to walk, but have deep pain perception (able to feel pain when the toes are pinched with an instrument) have a 98% recovery rate. Approximately 50% of dogs that have lost deep pain perception will recover with surgery.




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Case Study - Down But Not Out, New Thoughts on Canine Disc Disease

Henry is a 5-year-old male Dachshund that presented at Colorado Canine Orthopedics with hind limb paralysis. Henry had been slightly ataxic 2 days prior to presentation and was treated by his referring veterinarian with oral prednisone. Henry improved to the point of being able to run and jump within...


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