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If your dog only experiences mild neck pain, a brace and confinement may be recommended. If it experiences neck pain along with other neurological symptoms, surgery is often the best course of action. The top (dorsal) approach involves the use of a wire or other synthetic material to fix the vertebral abnormalities. The underside (ventral) approach involves the use of a bone graft to repair the damage. The ventral approach is often considered the more stable approach in damage repair.
For the best chance of recovery, it is recommended to treat your dog quickly after distress is observed, and immediately after a trauma. If surgery is prescribed, younger dogs whose movements are restricted generally experience full recovery. Physical rehabilitation following treatment is important for a full recovery, benefiting neurological functions as well.
Preventing your dog from leaping from tall structures will reduce the incidence of spinal and neck injuries. As most cases are present at birth (congenital), preventative measures are limited.
A record of body structures using an x-ray
Something that is artificially created
Any growth or organ on an animal that is not normal
Refers to something being toward the back, as in a dorsal fin
a) An instrument designed to provide some type of support. b) Two of something; a pair
Term used to imply that a situation or condition is more severe than usual; also used to refer to a disease having run a short course or come on suddenly.
A part of tissue or organ that is used for transplant