Post by Randy King Jr. on Mar 8, 2023 13:16:45 GMT -7
[Original subject line: Looking for Long-term Care Advice for Harley]
FEMALE - Breed?
1 Is there still currently pain
?☐ shivering, trembling
☐ can’t find a comfortable position, appears restless
☐ Arched back
☐Not their normal perky selves?
2 20 pounds 6 years
meds currently given None
3 -- stomach damage. None
4 FEMALE - Breed? Harley. Randy King Jr.
5 He was a general vet and his diagnosis was supported by a specialty surgeon in Shanghai
6 May 27th, 2021
7 My dog is able to sniff and squat and release urine.
8 She is able to wag
her tail and walks normally most of the time
but sometimes loses control of her back legs
Post by Romy & Frankie on Mar 8, 2023 14:38:03 GMT -7
Welcome to Dodgerslist, Randy. We are glad you’ve joined us all. We’ve got valuable information we’ve learned from the vets Dodgerslist consults with and our own experiences with IVDD since 2002 to share with you! Learn more about us and how we team up with veterinarians: dodgerslist.com/about-team-dodgerslist/
You mentioned that Harley is currently showing several signs of pain. When did she start showing these signs? She may be having another disc episode. Some dogs have multiple episodes. Some dogs have only one.
If you think she is having another disc episode, the most important thing is to start Strict crate rest immediately and then contact your vet. It is not really possible for us pet parents to diagnose IVDD ourselves. Strict crate rest will prevent the disc episode from worsening while you are calling your vet.
If the diagnosis is IVDD, after a discussion with your vet, you can choose to treated Harley conservatively or with another surgery.
Conservative treatment aims to get the disc to heal, and allow the body to shrink back disc material to no longer aggravate the nerves of the spinal cord. Harley is a good candidate for conservative treatment since she has little in the way of neuro deficits and pain is her primary symptom. The crate rest for a dog being treated conservatively is much stricter than crate rest post-surgery. It is the immobility enforced by crate rest that allows the disc to heal. Information about crate rest is below.dodgerslist.com/2020/05/14/strict-rest-recovery-process/
Disc episodes are typically treated with an anti-inflammatory which will, over some period of time, reduce the spinal cord swelling which causes pain and neuro deficits like trouble walking. In addition to an anti-inflammatory, the dog will almost always be prescribed pain meds. IVDD is typically very painful. The pain meds, when right, should work within one hour, leaving the dog pain free. Pain will only slow the healing process. You will find information about typical meds at the link below: www.dodgerslist.com/meds-used-during-disc-episode/
A quick overview of IVDD to help you get back up to speed on the disease is here: www.dodgerslist.com/in-the-right-place
We encourage you to register and set up email alerts as timely interaction/communications is needed when helping your dog. How to register and how to do the email alerts here: www.dodgerslist.boards.net/thread/7353/register-bookmark-dogs-post-thread
Lots more information is at our main website:www.dodgerslist.com