Disc disease in the neck area produces a "pinched-nerve" with great pain and front leg lameness. Trouble in the back region may cause complete paralysis of the rear legs. The patient may also be unable to control bowels or bladder. Medical treatment for this problem may relieve pain and inflammation, but often surgery is necessary to relieve pressure on the nerves and spinal cord. This is critically important to stop further damage.
Physical examination, x-ray pictures and nerve tests will help the doctor determine the best course of treatment for your pet. If medical management is recommended, it may include any or all of the following:
- Absolute rest ---------- confinement at home with medication
- Hospitalization -------- when rest at home is impractical or strong medication is necessary
- Acupuncture therapy - primarily for chronic pain conditions that have not responded to other medications
Remember, once this problem has occurred, it could happen again. Prevention of future episodes is an equally important goal. Keeping your dog's weight under control and discouraging jumping are critical. Letting the dog continue to sleep on the bed is common cause of recurrent problems.
The jump off of the bed is the reason!