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Spinal Column Malformation in Dogs

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Treatment

 

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.

 

Living and Management 

 

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.

 

Prevention

 

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.

 

 

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