Hi there. I have an 11 year old pug who’s been diagnosed with a herniated…

Hi there. I have an 11 year old pug who’s been diagnosed with a herniated disc. She’s been given anti-inflammatories and put outside in a small alleyway where her movement can be limited (crating her drove her crazy and she started having trouble breathing) However the anti-inflammatories do not seem to be working as her back legs seem to be becoming increasingly unsteady and she makes bowl movements while standing, it seems like she can’t feel it. The vet recommended that we avoid surgery because of her age and stronger medication may impact her heart. She is still very hyperactive and doesn’t seem to be in any physical pain, but my father said we may have to put her down if her legs get any worse :'( I could really use some advice. What do you recommend?

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Megan Foust
5 years ago

My dog has had herniated discs before, it is usually the result if a disease called Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). The best source of information I have found on this is Dodger’s List (www.dodgerslist.com). They provide information on how to care for a dog with disc problems and there are boards you can post to for support. Dogs can recover from this with time and the proper care (rest and medication). My dog has gone through this four times, but still acts like a puppy, running around and playing all the time.

andrea Lee Roundfield
5 years ago

Oh my this is a tough situation and I’m sorry you are faced with it. My initial and highest consideration would be the quality of life of your pup. You may find such information on sites e.g. aspca, etc.

I’m sorry I don’t have specifics for you in your time of despair.

Best wishes

andrea Lee Roundfield
5 years ago

I forgot to add, my pups aren’t fond of the kennel either so we use gates (and their travel carrriers).