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Recovery Rates After Surgery for Intervertebral Disc Disease in Dogs

Recovery Rates After Surgery for Intervertebral Disc Disease in Dogs

Patient Type

Recovery Rate

Nonambulatory small-breed dog with thoracolumbar extrusion and intact deep pain

85%–95%

Small-breed dog with thoracolumbar extrusion and loss of deep pain <24 hr

50%

Small-breed dog with thoracolumbar extrusion and loss of deep pain >24 hr

<50%

Nonambulatory large-breed dog with chronic thoracolumbar protrusion

25%–50%

Ambulatory dog with cervical disc disease

95%

Nonambulatory dog with cervical disc disease

65%–95%