What are the treatment options for IVDD?
Surgery or conservative management are the options for treating IVDD.
Surgery aims to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord and nerves by removing the disc material impacting the spinal cord and/or removing some of the bone around the spinal cord. After surgery, you will be given instructions on how to care for your dog, including initiating rehab to help your dog improve their strength, balance and mobility.
Conservative management should include rehabilitation and not just rest and medication. There are techniques and modalities (like laser) that rehab therapists can use to help the body reduce the herniated disc. An exercise program will also be used to help your dog improve their function.
At Pawsitively Fit, we have worked with many dogs both after surgery for IVDD and with neurological deficits not treated by surgery. If you are wondering if we can help your dog, just ask!