Cervical IVDD-long term recovery without surgery.
Our 6yr old doxie is dealing with IVDD but hers is cervical. We have been dealing with her treatment conservatively and medicated with meloxicam, tramadol and gabapentin. She is now having issues with her left front paw and the “drunk” walk. We saw neurologist this week and right now we cannot afford the $5500 surgery. The neurologist is changing her meds from meloxicam to prednisone but have to have her off meloxicam for 2 weeks before we can start the prednisone. I understand the meloxicam needs to clear out but it is really 2 weeks? I have read so much on IVDD and am aware of the benefits of surgery but at this time the funds are just not available but May have the funds in a month or so. With cervical IVDD I wondered what long term looks like without surgery. Dogs that have it in lower spine lose mobility in their back legs but what happens with cervical? She’s having issues with her left front paw and it looks like her back leg a bit as well. I’m trying to stay positive and most cases I’ve read about with paralysis are when the issue is in lower spine not cervical. I’d like to get her on prednisone as soon as possible which is why I ask about the 2 weeks the neurologist said to wait. And trying to understand what her future may look like without surgery.