The body has ability to self-heal a disc
Requires time and little movement
What to expect during healing of the disc
Conservative Treatment:DAMAGED DISCS take about 8 weeks to heal and form secure scar tissue during conservative treatment. The critically important job of the owner is nursing care. Setting up a recovery suite and providing room service fo for your patient! There are no medications that help the disc to heal —only time and limited movement of the back and neck with 100% STRICT 24/7 STRICT rest. When a dog walks and moves, the vertebrae move, tearing down the important scar tissue that is forming to stabilize the disc rupture. Anytime out of the recovery suite is a dangerous time for a healing disc. Only potty time and vet appointments are a necessity to be out of the crate. Be diligent about crate rest, cheating on crate rest promotes damage to the disc: no chiropractic therapy, no couches, no sleeping with you, no baths, or water therapy during the 8 weeks of conservative treatment’s crate rest. Keep the recovery suite in the middle of family activity so there isn’t a feeling of isolation. Most dogs prefer a wired crate or an ex-pen for better visibility.
Very STRICT rest means:
- no laps
- no couches
- no baths
- no sleeping with you
- no chiropractic therapy! WHY: https://dodgerslist.com/2020/04/22/chiropractic
- no physical therapy
- eating and drinking inside of the suite with bowel attached at head height.
- no dragging or meandering at potty times
- Ideas and tips for setting up your recovery suite including how to handle potty time safely for the healing disc: https://dodgerslist.com/2020/05/14/crate-rest-recovery-process/
- Additional information on conservative vs. surgery: https://dodgerslist.com/2020/02/10/surgery-vs-conservative/
Crate rest is not your dog in a cage.
It’s a “recovery suite” with room service!
Owners who provide the correct principals of limited movement to allow the disc to heal (aka: herniated, slipped or pinched nerve), can very often avoid an expensive surgery.