Q: How do you treat a disc problem in an older dog?

April 25, 2008 | By Paintmygarden | 3 answers | Expired: 2829 days ago

2008 7:52pm

Treatment of Disc Problem in dog

Posted in Health & Wellness

I have a large (in height not weight) Labrador Retriever, Kozmo. He hurt his back from a foolish jump when he was 3 but it did not cause problems until he was about 9 1/2 and one of his rear legs started to get stiff- sometimes the toes curl under when he stands- the vet said he has numbness from nerve damage due to the disc problem. He is now a 11 1/2 and this week the other leg started doing the same and he couldn't get up on his own, once he's up- he does go for a walk. He's eating normally. Took him to the vet- who wanted to put him down!! Neither he or I are ready for that- I had him get a cortizone shot and he's responded well. I know that's not a solution. Was wondering if anyone has had success with alternative therapies- supplements or acupuncture?

Readers' Answers (3)

Apr 25, 2008

First off, get a second opinion. Is he a candidate for surgery? I have seen great progress in dogs doing canine rehabilitation at my vet's. It really is physical therapy with range of motion exercises, a water treadmill and laser therapy treatments. Check out Betty Petyon's page. He dog had ACL surgery and there is a video of the water treadmill. One of the vets is doing some stem cell stuff, but I'm not up to date on that. I guess my point is - get another opinion and then look for these and some of the other non-traditional therspies in your area.

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Jill R.

Apr 26, 2008

I agree with Beaglepawz (and everyone knows that beagles are always right anyway) - get a second opinion. There has been so many advances in veterinary medicine and there are veterinary neurology specialist available almost nationwide. Check for a Veterinary Specialty clinic in your town or ask your veterinarian for a referral.

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Shanna D.

Apr 27, 2008

hello, check with the local chiropractor many are starting to take dogs on as clients. I work for a kennel and there are a few dogs that we take to our local chiropractor and it has worked wonders on one case in point, a beagle pit mix. His name is Dizzy and he makes you just that. He his so high dtrung that he sliped a disc and almost couldn't walk. the chiropractor basically saved him from years of pain and abnormality. Good Luck!

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