Interview with Dr. Danielle Dugat
Back pain from intervertebral disk disease in dogs is agonizing, and can be associated with sudden paralysis of all four, or just the hind limbs.
This condition is more common in dog breeds that have short legs and long backs, such as Dachshunds and Basset hounds, particularly if they are overweight.
Just like in people, we have a variety of medical treatments aimed at reducing the swelling and nerve impairment when a disk has “slipped,” meaning herniated or ruptured. Surgery may be the only option to resolve the problem and recovery can be very difficult.
A technique to prevent the recurrence of disk problems has been developed at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Percutaneous Laser Disk Ablation utilizes a laser to transmit energy along an optic fiber, through thin needles that are passed from the surface of the skin of the back into the center of the disk, guided by a fluoroscope or video x-ray. This destroys the disk material and helps to prevent future problems.
If your pet is predisposed to suffering from back disease, consult your veterinarian to determine if percutaneous laser disk ablation might help prevent a reoccurrence.
Interview with Dr. Jeremiah Moorer