If he's home and that hasn't happened, contact your vet. That prognosis falls off the longer surgery is delayed. How do you know if your dog has been injured? During recovery, your dog’s legs may be weak or not yet work very well. The most common cause of spinal problems in dogs is trauma. The improvement in symptoms may not be seen immediately after the spinal decompression procedure but is seen over a period of time. If your dog is dragging the back legs or showing any other signs of paralysis or severe pain, head here right away (we’re open 24/7). After surgery, your pet should lay low for six to eight weeks. As for these three, Precious walked the first day after surgery. Look for the following warning signs of spinal disk injury: If you notice any of these warning signs, call us immediately. These dogs tend to have severe spinal cord compression from IVDH, and their prognosis for full or near full recovery with spinal cord decompression is 90%+. Recovery can take weeks to months and can vary from patient to patient. Caring for a dog after spinal surgery requires a big time commitment. Signs of IVDD recurred at a later date in some cases, though the severity of recurrence is not stated. After nursing hundreds of IVDD patients through their recovery, our staff is well-prepared to care for them in the days and weeks following surgery. As for these three, Precious walked the first day after surgery. “The soft tissues in the skin are going to take about the same for both procedures, and the incision sites are about the same for both procedures, so as long as there are no complications, 10 to 14 days would be the full recovery … Many veterinarians recommend your dog spend several weeks to a month bound to a crate following surgery to limit the risk of a blood clot and to allow proper healing. Once your dog is home, his activities are severely limited for the next four to six weeks. If you opt to go the surgical route to repair a disc bulge and compressed nerves, know that spinal surgery for dogs is not an in-and-out procedure. Disc degeneration is a condit… Most dogs take six to eight weeks to recover from spinal cord surgery and many benefit from physical therapy. That means you must express his bladder manually several times a day. It takes time, patience and rehabilitation plays a big part in the recovery process. To ensure he had the skills necessary to perform this delicate procedure, Dr. Hotchkiss committed to a course of extensive training, including over a year working alongside Dr. Peter Early, DVM, DACVIM, a neuorologist who is currently a professor at the University of North Carolina, College of Veterinary Medicine. You can call on the way. The outlook for recovery after surgery is good if the dog can still feel pain. Three Dachshunds – Precious, Darby and Matilda Begonia – arrived throughout the day, each suffering from a serious spinal column injury that required emergency surgery. All dogs undergoing orthopaedic surgery at our practice have at least 3-4 days of rehab in clinic before we send them home. Complete recovery may occur in a few days to weeks, or there may be permanent damage to a portion of the spinal cord. If you have issues, call the veterinary hospital at once -- your dog's bladder can't remain full. However, if your dog loses his continence ability, that may not return and if he has complete paralysis that may also … Milder cases, in which the dog is in pain but can still walk, are treated with cage rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and muscle relaxants. Your dog should have a bowel movement within three days of his surgery.