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Cat has been diagnosed via xray wih 2 bulging lumbar discs.

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Cat has been diagnosed via xray wih 2 bulging lumbar discs. He walks but squatting with hind legs what are his treatment options?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

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I'm sorry to hear of this with Elrond. As in dogs, treatment options can be tailored to the individual patient depending on clinical signs and owner preference. Conservative management in the form of strict rest, corticosteroids such as prednisolone, pain management such as the narcotics tramadol or buprenorphine, and bladder care if necessary can be a viable treatment option, especially in patients able to ambulate such as Elrond. However, recurrence rates with conservative are alone are significantly higher than with surgical management (decompression of the spinal cord), and gait, bladder, and bowel deficits may persist if present. Surgical treatment includes hemilaminectomy, dorsal laminectomy, and fenestration, with the majority of reports limited to cases of thoracolumber (the middle of the spine) intervertebral disk disease. In a study of thoracolumbar intervertebral disk disease in 10 cats, all patients undergoing surgical intervention were judged to have an excellent outcome, whereas in another study five of six cats undergoing hemilaminectomy responded favorably, having good to excellent postoperative recovery.

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