CERVICAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISK DISEASE
For the treatment of a slipped disk in the neck
To allow the spine to heal following the surgery, complete restriction of exercise is necessary for the first 3 weeks. If your dog has had additional stabilisation then the exercise restriction should last 6 weeks. Your dog can be walked on a lead for toileting. A chest harness rather than a neck collar is recommended. Light (5-15 minutes) lead walks can begin during the final 2 weeks of the rest period.
BANDAGE AND SUTURE REMOVAL
A bandage is generally placed over the operated site for protection. This bandage should be removed 2-3 days after surgery. The skin stitches need to be removed 10-14 days following surgery. These tasks can be done by your regular vetorinarian. Please call our hospital if there is any swelling, discharge or redness around the stitchescushion the spine and the contents of the centre may forcibly squirt out and bruise the spinal cord. Alternatively, the outer part of the disk may bulge up putting pressure on the spinal cord.
Some dogs have lost the ability to control urination after surgery. If the bladder is not emptied completely, then infection can develop. You may need to assist your dog with urination With your dog lying or standing place your hands in a prayer-like" fashion behind the last ribs. Apply equal inward pressure and gently expel the urine. Several attempts may be
Most dogs are sent home with medication for additional pain relief. Sometimes, antibiotics are also dispensed. Give the medications as prescribed. Further pain relief can be prescribed if necessary. Please let us know two days before suture removal if you think more medication is required or you may be charged an urgent fee.necessary to be successful.
Physiotherapy is an important part of your dog's recovery. We strongly recommend consultation with a recognised animal physiotherapist Home-based physiotherapy should consist of a warm compress applied to the region of the stitches for 15 minutes followed by gentle massage of the muscles. This can be followed by gentle flexing and extending of the legs. After the spine has healed, your dog can begin more active physiotherapy with regular controlled exercise. Running without leash control is recommended for only short periods. Regular swimming is an excellent way of providing active exercise without spinal stress.