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What to do, surgery or not.

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by phillysmom, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. phillysmom

    phillysmom Good Dog

    Looking for some input from anybody out there who has had a dog with IDD (intervertebral disc disease). My dog has been diagnosed with a problem in her spine by her regular vet. I believe the term used was cauda equina syndrome, disc space narrowing, disc space wedging all mentioned in her records. She started having difficulty about on year ago and that was when this initial diagnoses was made. We just used medical management to get through it but now she is presenting again with symptoms. I have an appointment with neurologist in Oct. I am pretty certain I will be faced with the prospect of surgery. I would like to know anybody's experience with this. Is there anybody who has had the surgery? Or anybody who decided against surgery and opted to just medically manage? My dog has no paralysis but she yelps in pain sometimes from the way she moves. She does not like going through the dog door. She does not want to jump in the car That is currently her symptoms and pain. As you can guess, surgery will be quite expensive, but aside from that I am wondering what recovery is like and is it worth putting the her through. Has anybody had the surgery with good results and what is the recovery like?? I know I am probably getting somewhat ahead of myself but I know I will have to make a decision on what to do when she sees the neurologist. She is 9 years old. I am really stressing over it as I know that some dogs eventually suffer from paralysis from this. :(
  2. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    Sorry phillysmom, no experience with it, just thought I'd say sorry you have to go through this. I do knew there have been huge strides in the human field of back and spine surgery. So much so, that patients are going home same day as surgery. Hopefully you'll hear from someone on the forum that's dealt with the issue. Keep us posted please, sending you good vibes and well wishes in the mean time.
  3. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Didn't Staff Member

    Ditto here, no experience with it, just elbow dysplasia and the option of surgery that was suggested years ago for one of our dogs.
    And please do keep us posted and gentle hugs to you and your dog.
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  4. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    Oh no! I'm so sorry you are going through this. That is such a tough choice and whichever way you go there will be challenges. I would just make a checklist of all your concerns and anything you can possibly think of and make sure you talk with the specialist and your primary care vet. Together you guys can come up with a plan that is best suited for your dog. *healing vibes*
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  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I'm sorry your dog is suffering from this. I don't have any experience with it. Do you live near a University Hospital? If so, that might be a good place to call and get more info and maybe a 2nd opinion?
  6. phillysmom

    phillysmom Good Dog

    Thank you to all that read and replied to my posting. I guess I will just have to take it one day at a time and see what happens. Nat Ursula, I do live not too terribly far from UC Davis but the neurosurgeon I have appointment with is closer and has a good rep. We'll see what happens. Just for the exam x-rays, MRI and what not its $3,000.00.
  7. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Ugh...please let us know how she is doing?
  8. Kit

    Kit Good Dog

    I have no experience with this, never even heard of it.
    UC Davis is a great place to go. A friend & her husband just moved down there, he is now the resident teaching farrier at UC Davis.

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