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What symptoms are Ella showing that lead to the diagnosis of a herniated disc? Pain? Any loss of function?
How long has she been showing these symptoms? Are they getting worse?
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Theoretically, a disc can rupture at any time and with any normal movement. Her being confined to cage rest now is more so the inflammation in the spine can resolve and not so much to prevent further compression by rupture. Obviously, whatever is causing her back pain currently is due to some degree of compression and inflammation and these don't usually go on to compress the spine further during the recovery period. When a dog has a disc that is causing paralysis, it usually occurs acutely or within the first 24 hours of the appearance of symptoms. If her only symptom is pain, unless it is not responding to treatment, she is not likely a surgical candidate and with proper care and activity restriction, she should improve. If she is not being considered for surgery, there is no reason to have a CT performed. She is actually more at risk of a different vertebral disk rupturing at some time in the future than she is this one going on to rupture or compress the spinal cord further. I hppe that makes sense.
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