How do we treat intervertebral disc disease in dogs?
The treatment your pet requires will depend on the severity of the damage to their spinal cord. Often, your dog’s condition can be managed without surgery through conservative treatment. However, in cases of paralysis, surgery is often required.
Conservative management: Conservative management of your pet’s IVDD usually involves steroids and anti-inflammatories to reduce the swelling of the cord, helping to manage your pet’s pain. Your pet will also be required to rest, which means they may need to be confined to a cage for up to six weeks.
Surgical treatment: Sometimes, disc problems in dogs require surgical correction. In these cases, emergency surgery may be needed to open up the space in their spine, which is achieved by removing a portion of the bony vertebrae over the spinal cord (laminectomy).
Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation is often recommended for dogs with IVDD, either as part of conservative care or after their surgery. This rehabilitation involves physiotherapy and sometimes hydrotherapy, aimed at reducing inflammation, managing their pain and improving their core strength.