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Spine Degeneration in Dogs

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Typically, patients with spondylosis deformans will not show outward symptoms of early abnormal bone growth. A neurologic exam should be performed to rule out a spinal condition requiring surgery. If the growth has reached the point of damaging the nerves, tissue, or otherwise, and your pet is in severe pain, or if your veterinarian has settled on a surgical remedy, your dog will be hospitalized. Under normal circumstances, where damage to the body is minimal, and your dog is feeling some discomfort and pain, it will be treated on an outpatient basis, with strict rest and pain medication prescribed for home treatment. You will administer pain medications to your dog after its meals. Acupuncture may also provide pain relief for some animals.


Living and Management


Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up progress checks for your dog depending on the severity of the symptoms. Only give pain medications when your dog is showing signs of discomfort (and only after a meal), and only give the exact amount that was prescribed, unless your veterinarian indicates otherwise. Overdose of drugs/medications is one of the most common causes of unintentional deaths in pets. You will need to provide a safe and quiet place for your dog to rest, away from other pets and active children. Only slow walks around the neighborhood are necessary for your dog during this time. When your dog has not shown signs of discomfort for several weeks it may be slowly returned to normal activity.



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