Intervertebral disk disease is a frequent problem in veterinary medicine, particularly in Dachshunds and other chondrodystrophic breeds. Genetics, obesity, and concussive activities are risk factors for this condition. Medical management can result in good outcomes in many dogs with disk extrusion and is preferred for ambulatory dogs with an acute history of clinical signs. Non-ambulatory dogs are best management by surgical intervention, which leads to return of independent ambulation in the majority of patients with intact nociception. Refractory pain or recurrence of neurologic deficits after rest are other indications for surgery. Appropriate rehabilitation following spinal injury, including a structured weight loss plan for overweight pets, is a crucial part of recovery
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