by ggturner on 23 November 2019 - 10:11
Has anyone here experienced this with a dog and taken the conservative route with success?
by Hundmutter on 23 November 2019 - 14:11
by astrovan2487 on 23 November 2019 - 18:11
I've spent an ungodly amount of time and money trying treatments for this, so if you have any questions feel free to ask.
The conservative approach was not really an option for my dog as she was very young and the spinal cord compression was severe. Clinical symptoms were almost unnoticeable even though her spinal cord was compressed 9/10 of its normal size at the disc rupture. Dorsal Laminectomy Surgery relieved the compression but the mild clinical signs remained unchanged.
I did try a lot of the conservative treatments after her surgery and what had the most noticeable improvement was working with Penn Vet to come up with daily rehab exercises and stretches for her. Low impact, core muscle building exercises that focus on balance and rear end awareness, this kind of stuff is great even for a healthy dog. Still, I would not try any of this without a vet's approval.
Swimming helped a little but she was sometimes sore afterwards.
Chiropractor did nothing
Gabapentin, Carprophen, oral steroids made no visible difference.
Cold laser therapy did nothing either
The only treatments I'm aware of that we haven't tried yet is acupuncture, steroid injections, and stem cell therapy.
by Hundmutter on 24 November 2019 - 03:11
Although we are aware a lot of cases of DM were probably just as likely disc disease ... if the dog was not showing actual pain (and many dogs are good at suppressing / disguising their pain), I am sure some have been misdiagnosed. The Fitzpatrick page majors on Dachsies.
by ggturner on 25 November 2019 - 12:11
Sadly, this is my 2nd gsd with IVDD. The first one had no early signs. She was just walking outside with me and suddenly collapsed in pain. She was paralyzed immediately and was in a lot of pain. She was an older gsd. She also had severe HD. She was not a good candidate for surgery. We had to euthanize her.
I'm really hoping we have good results with my current female. She goes for another vet check at the end of this week.
by astrovan2487 on 25 November 2019 - 17:11
My female had surgery at 2.5, she just turned 4 and her symptoms are pretty much unchanged. A follow up MRI last year showed minor nerve thickening possibly from instability (an unfortunate symptom of the surgery most surgeons won't tell you about) and slight bony changes where the disc ruptured but the surgery had fixed the spinal cord compression. Probably getting an MRI yearly to keep track of the progression. Going back to the neurologist next week to try steroid injections.
Since your dog is older and less active she might do well just taking it easy. Let us know what the vet says.
by Jenni78 on 30 November 2019 - 20:11
by astrovan2487 on 01 December 2019 - 20:12
Might be a good idea to check with multiple neurologists if you do decide to go through with surgery. The surgery often causes more destabilization and some think it should be mandatory to perform spinal fusion surgery along with the dorsal laminectomy.
by ggturner on 06 December 2019 - 13:12
by ggturner on 11 December 2019 - 16:12
She is improving a lot with conservative treatment.