Any dog owners have experience with herniated discs/spinal cord injuries?

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
793 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

ktrv927 :  I have a Corgi who jumped off the bed an injured her neck.  She walked around with her head hung very low and she moved very slowly – It was obvious that she had hurt herself very badly.  I took her to Tx. A&M vet hospital and they ran some tests.  She ended up having to have disc surgery.  She was only 4 so she had a great chance of a full recovery and 4 years later she is still going strong, but she is not allowed on anything that she could jump off of!!

Post # 3
4864 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Crate rest for 6-8 weeks when our hurt his back the first time. It’s flared up a few times again but not as severe as the first injury. 

Post # 4
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

We have a dachshund who has IVDD. It was so painful for him when we would herniate a disc. He was always put on pain meds, anti-inflammatory meds, and crate rest. Surgery seemed to be in the future. A couple years ago we put him on this:

VetriScience Laboratories Vetri-Disc for Dogs Capsules, 180 Count

It has made such a difference! He hasn’t had one issue with his back since. We open up the pills because they are a bit larger and sprinkle it on his food, with a bit of Greek yogurt to disguise it. It took about 2 months of constant use and the improvement that could be seen is remarkable. 

Post # 5
5790 posts
Bee Keeper

Our dog had the surgery and had to be in a large playpen/gated area for 3 months post op. The day after she was moving freely and the pain was gone. She’s a beagle/Shih Tzu mix, so the elongated body made her at risk. No residual issues, but its been difficult to keep her from jumping on and off furniture, and she can never have a collar of any kind…harness only.

It was also a huge expense. Approximately $7500. almost 3 years ago. She was only 4 and was writhing in agony from the pain, so we really had no options but to do the surgery. We had seen the vet 2 or 3 times prior and then the specialty vet. One cortisone shot lasted about a week only. 

Here’s the day after picture. They go in from the front/throat.

Post # 6
7741 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had a dachshund who had a spinal cord injury. He was paralyzed and lost function of his back legs and couldn’t urinate. The vet said surgery was a possibility, but had low odds of success. On the vet’s recommendation we put the dog to sleep.

Post # 7
28 posts

We have a dachshund who had a herniated disc as well. Our vet recommended crate rest for 6 weeks, and if he wasn’t healed by then, surgery. Luckily he healed up great. Fingers crossed no more injuries for the little guy. Good luck!

Post # 8
1364 posts
Bumble bee

My dog had a spinal cord defect. Over the course of just a few days he suddenly lost function of his back legs, happened really quickly.  He didn’t have pain though, fortunately.  Surgery was a success.  He was confined to a crate for months but it went by faster than I thought it would, the whole ordeal wasn’t as bad as I anticipated.  

The worst part is that we really need to keep him from jumping/running/rough housing for the rest of his life to protect his spine.  The rigid rods placed in it can put extra stress on the surrounding flexible spine.  

Try not to fear the worst.  It’s very possible that everything can turn out okay.  I know it hurts to see the pup in pain.  But he needs your calming energy.  Just take it one day at a time.  

Post # 9
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

ktrv927 :  our lab mix slipped a disc last year. Anti-inflammatory drugs and several weeks of bed rest managed to heal him right up. The trick is keeping an active dog still. Since I had a one month old at the time my vet helped us out and gave us trazodone lol. 

Post # 13
866 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

My doxie had several issues. What works is STRICT crate rest (seriously, carried outside to potty, everything else in the crate), anti inflammatories, and I personally swear by acupuncture. It’s a long road, at least 4 weeks of strict rest. You want to avoid surgery if you can.

Post # 14
28 posts

ktrv927 :  About a week I’d say. I feel your pain, it is absolutely devastating to see them hurting. And also sad seeing them banished to crate living. My dachshund definitely after a week was getting better and better every day. As others said, he only was allowed out of his crate when I carried him outside for bathroom breaks. I actually had never “crated” him as a puppy so this little pen was his home for those long weeks. I’ll say a little prayer for your pup! 

Post # 15
28 posts

ktrv927 :  He also was in pain medication and anti inflammatory drugs just like the other pups here. Luckily the pain medication made him pretty drowsy, so sleeping the day away was easy for the little guy! 

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