Physiotherapy plays a vital part in the treatment of animals with spinal cord disease. Inactivity and recumbency results in decreased joint movement and muscle contracture. To prevent this, the joints are passively exercised and each muscle group massaged.
When can my dog go home after spinal surgery? The average hospital stay is 5 days after surgery. Patients are discharged when no longer requiring injectable pain killers and, for most cases, when they able to urinate voluntarily and starting to show signs of recovery
How long before my paralysed dog will walk again? This is very variable - typically recovery occurs several weeks. Some cases improve more quickly and, sadly, in some cases there is no improvement. The success rate of spinal surgery at Fitzpatrick Referrals is ~ 90%.
A patient receiving ultrasound and laser therapy from Charted physiotherapist Jo Boddy. If appropriate hydrotherapy is also arranged. Here