Q. My 75lb, 13 yo Shep/retriever mix male has a bulging disc on t12. Steroids didn't seem to help much. Can you recom alternative therapy or supplements

Answered By

A. If your dog is overweight, consider a weight loss diet. Discuss this with your vet before starting. Acupuncture and cold laser therapy may also be beneficial. If there is any loss of function in the limbs, surgery maybe your only option. Schedule a consult with a veterinary orthopedic specialist to discuss all options.

DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.


Ask an expert about your unique situation now FOR FREE!

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.