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mj1tarpon asked 1 year ago

French Bulldog IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease

French Bulldog IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease: Hello, my 4-year-old Frenchie had a hemilaminectomy in August 2020. He ruptured a disc in his back. The doctor repaired the back 2/3 of his spine. He now has pain in his neck. It appears stiff and at one point he yelped in pain.

French Bulldog IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease MRI

The doctor suggested an MRI but after last years expensive surgery we decided to try Gabapentin and Deramaxx. After two days he is much. more comfortable and appears mostly back to normal. He does still have a stiff neck and needs further rest.

French Bulldog IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease MRI ALTERNATIVES

My question is – is there an alternative to an MRI that is less expensive to determine what is going on in the cervical area of his spine? Thank you!

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Dr. R.J. Kraemer answered 1 year ago

Answer for French Bulldog IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease

Answer for French Bulldog IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease, cervical malformation and IVVD (Bulldog intervertebral Disc Disease) are common to French bulldogs. When presented with clinical problems they should a doctor, preferably a neurologist.

Answer for French Bulldog IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease DIAGNOSIS 

Diagnostically the history, the physical exam, and neurological assessment are critical. If French bulldog IVVD is suspected then imaging will be necessary. Radiographs are inexpensive but often inadequate especially when surgery for decompression is optional.

MRI for cervical IVDD is the gold standard not just diagnostically but also to help the surgeon plan his approach.Answer for French Bulldog IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease COMFORT PLUS

Answer for French Bulldog IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease RISK & COST

There are other options such as myelogram and CT for unique cases, but MRI is usually the best diagnostic option.
With the exception of radiographs, they are all conducted under general anesthesia and are relatively costly.

Answer for French Bulldog IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease THERAPY

NO SURGICAL

  • CONFINEMENT:  Cage Confinement for 1 month to allow complete healing.
  • WEIGHT: Weight Loss
  • ACTIVITY: Restricted Activity, avoid jumping, etc

ALTERNATIVE:

PRESCRIPTION:

  • NSAID: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
  • STEROIDS: like prednisone
  • MUSCLE RELAXANTS: robaxin, valium
  • ANALGESICS: gabapentin, (tramadol: not a good analgesic)

Answer for French Bulldog IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease WARNING

You mentioned that you have been using Deramaxx. I recommend that you use a different NSAID. Dermaxx has two therapeutic doses, a high one for acute cases and a low for chronic. A mix-up can cause serious and even deadly side effects like gastric perforation.

“An Ounce Of PREVENTION Is Worth A Pound Of CURE”

Answer for French Bulldog IVDD Intervertebral Disc Disease PREVENTION IS CURE

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