|Barked: Mon May 21, '07 11:24am PST |
|Hi, I am sorry that your pup is in so much pain. Gunner had a herniated disc at C6-7, he had a laminectomy (surgery) and recovered great. It was a long recovery but well worth it. I am a vet tech so he was at work with me. We live in Washington but drove to Portland, Oregon to a friend who is a Neurosurgeon, he did a great job and we were thrilled with the results. That was 6 years ago and Gunner has been extremely active since.
You will most likely have to have him on a steroid to help with any inflammation and pain. Crate rest for quite some time. Massaging the legs and neck can certainly make him feel better. Ask your vet about range of motion movements to help keep his legs from losing muscle mass during recovery.
Acupuncture and aquatherapy is a huge help and I have seen some amazing recoveries using these techniques. They help relieve pain along with exercising the dog without stress to the back.
We wish him a rapid recovery and please look into physical therapy through a rehab vet, you will be happy you did.
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