Dogs with urination problems are hospitalized for initial treatment (e.g., catheterization of bladder) until the patient regains control bladder function. Decompressing surgery is a treatment of choice and is often conducted to relieve the pressure of the nerve roots. If no treatment is conducted, the symptoms become severe due to progressive nature of this disease.
Even after surgery, however, some neurologic deficit may remain. Movements are restricted for at least four weeks after surgery. If surgery is not conducted, confinement and restricted leash walk is recommend along with pain control medications.
Living and Management
Avoid exercising your dog strenuously (jumping, running, etc.), as it may increase excessive pressure on the spine and cause symptoms to recur. Watch your dog for pain, lameness, urination and/or fecal elimination problems and notify your veterinarian immediately if you should notice any such untoward symptoms. Some diet modifications may also be recommended by your dog’s veterinarian to avoid obesity, which might also aggravate the condition.
Conform well to guidelines given by your dog’s veterinarian, especially directions regarding exercise, rest, and the diet of your dog.
The fourth in a sequence of fused vertebrae near the pelvis and the spinal cord
Pertaining to the chest
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The term for the hip and related area
The connection or relationship between the lumbar and the sacral vertebrae
Any type of pain or tenderness or lack of soundness in the feet or legs of animals
The part of the back between the pelvis and the thorax
The name for the species of horses, donkeys, mules
A bundle of fibers that are used in the process of sending impulses through the body