Coton de Tulear disc problem

by Betty

My 3 yr old Coton de Tulear has had two episodes of pain from a disc problem. He is on steroids and pain medication and is doing well. Should I consider surgery. Has anyone had laser surgery for this problem?

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Jun 27, 2015
We feel your pain NEW
by: Craig and Colleen in Denver

Our little guy, who is 8, had a precipitous bout in January, 2015. The first sign we knew there was a problem was when I tried to pick him up and he screamed like never before. He did so whenever we tried to touch him. We took him to the vet school at CSU in Ft. Collins and he had and MRI and then surgery. I agree with prior posters that the surgery was quite expensive and was hell on our poor dog. The recovery time took at least 3-4 months, and his hair has been growing back in from being shaved. However, in June, he seems to have developed a recurrence of sorts. He's not as bad as he was before, but we are very worried that he may end up needing surgery again at some point. The night before he had this apparent recurrence, he seemed like he was at age 2...frisky and playful. Now we don't know what the future holds....very worried.

May 12, 2014
Disc problems NEW
by: Anonymous

2 years ago, my Coton, Louie, had disc problems, was on steriods, pain medication, and restricted activity. Louie still had problems a few months after steriods were discontinued.i had to carry him up and down the stairs. I am 78 years old and this was really a problem. 8 months ago I moved to a one story condo. Louie hasn't had any problems since. So glad I did not have surgery that was recommended. The surgeon I talked to said it would probably reoccur if he continued during stairs. Very good advice. We are all happy.

Apr 05, 2014
Laser disc Ablation NEW
by: Jackie

In January I went to a local vet to see if my coton was in fact having ivd pain. He suggested that I seriously consider getting her laser disc ablation surgery given that she was so young and still prone to recurring disc issues. I made an appt. with the surgery center in Dallas and ended up bringing her in that afternoon for surgery the following day. It was so hard to put my baby through that surgery but I knew it was the best decision. The surgery was about $1400 and about 2 weeks of recovery (little activity),. But now I don't have to worry about disc issues! The success rate is 96% and to me the surgery provided me peace of mind and gave my coton an active life with no restrictions. If your Coton has had ivd surgery and is currently pain free, I'd definitely look into it!

Apr 05, 2014
second surgery NEW
by: brian

we have a 7 year old who has just underwent her second disc surgery. unfortunately we didn't learn our lesson from her past. her recovery from the first surgery was so good that we falsely believed her condition was permanently over. not so with our case,her lower disc ruptured,and she lost her hind legs mobility. moral of the story is once your coton is diagnosed with ivdd and appears to have fully recovered don't let your guard down. continue to maintain your diligence with your dog's safety. we are hoping that the success of the first surgery can be repeated.

Dec 29, 2013
@Betty NEW
by: Jackie

I just read your comment. I think we were posting at the same time. I think you are right about the stairs. Maybe just eliminating the stairs (or try to!) will make a difference. We just moved to our new home a little over a year ago, a month before the ivdd diagnosis. Unfortunately, we have 2 kids, 2 dogs, and 2 sets of stairs. This combination is a challenge for sure! Happy New Year!

Dec 29, 2013
disc surgery NEW
by: Jackie

There is no one accident or event that causes IVDD. This is why it is so hard to determine or follow through with a post recovery plan. For the past few months my coton has been running, going up stairs, and jumping off the bed. Sure, I know she is not supposed to be doing these things, but it's just REALLY hard to prevent her from doing so. Setting up gates all over the place or confining her to a room just won't work. Yes, we were VERY careful after surgery, but you can't keep a rambunctious and energetic dog confined to crate rest! I'm also looking for alternatives or tips to help keep my sweet baby healthy.

Dec 29, 2013
Discs problems NEW
by: betty

Thanks for all your concerns of my Louie's disk problems. In Sept. I moved to a one story condo. Amazing the improvement with Louie. He has not had one episode with his back since then. Going up and downstairs must have been the problem. I was having to take him up and down. It was wearing me out. Glad I made the move. Both are very happy.

Happy New Year to all,

Betty and Louie

Dec 27, 2013
disc surgery

Our 5 year old Coton has ivdd-just underwent surgery for a ruptured disc-surgery went well and she is rehabbing now-optimistic about her prognosis-This took us all by surprise-no major cause/injury/accident for this to have happened-genetic root? Will continue to research and contact the Danish vet who is investigating this-
Hopeful that our little Coton will lead a full and healthy (pain free)life-Will there need to be strict precautions post recovery?
Has anyone found physical therapy (hydrotherapy in particular) to be helpful?

Dec 23, 2013
by: jackie

My 5 year old Coton had spinal surgery in early 2013. Before that, she showed signs a couple months prior but we thought it was all good. The surgery and recovery time was awful and seemed to take forever. Periodically, she shakes and I wonder if it is caused by disc pain. I have a feeling this time that we will be back to the surgery center. So, yes, I've been through this! Has anyone been through this surgery twice? It's so expensive, but the alternative is so scary!

Aug 31, 2013
herniated disc
by: lucky

our coton de tulear has ivdd. she has has surgery and has suffered a relapse 18 months later. she is currently undergoing crate rest to rehabilitate her disc. has anyone else experienced this with their coton?

Mar 09, 2012
by: AnonymousBetty

Thanks for the replys. Xray showed disc calcification. Steroids have helped as of now. The last 3 days he is back to his usual activities. I was told by his Dr. thst if he continued to go up and down stairs, the pain would return. Prognois could be loss of use of his hind legs. Surgery would be needed. I found a sling,called Lift N Aid, that I will try. This will enable him to do the stairs without me having to carry him.
Bless you all,
Betty and Louie

Mar 09, 2012
disc problems
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Jonah has not had the surgery but I would think if u ask the dr. they would give u info on the pro's & con's of the surgery. It is a good thing thou that they can do it as lasar. Good luck & keep us informed.

Mar 09, 2012
Coton spinal pain
by: Iris Miller

I am sorry to hear about your dog having dic pain.
How do they diagnose a dog for this ailment? I had back surgery many years ago and had to have dye injected in my spine and had a c.t. scan to see the discs. Do they do that to dogs?
I don't have an answer to your question but I do want to add that my dog Tuffy had Lyme disease a couple of years ago and it attacked his spine.It caused him severe pain in his spine, so bad he could not be touched, and he was also limping,The treatment was 30 days on antibiotics and thank goodness, he has been fine since then.
best of luck, I pray for a complete healing for you Coton.
blessings and love,
Tuffy Coton and mom

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