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Cauda Equina Syndrome in Dogs

What is Cauda Equina Syndrome in dogs?

Cauda Equina Syndrome is often referred to arthritis within the joints between the last lumbar vertebra and the sacrum (pelvic bones). When a dog has been affected by Cauda Equina Syndrome, the area in which the spinal cord and nerves go through become smaller, and in return results in the canal becoming smaller. The nerves from the spinal cord may then have a lot of pressure which may turn into nerve damage. In some cases a larger breed of dogs such as the German Shepherd may be more likely to develop this condition rather than small or medium dogs. Cauda Equina Syndrome may be developed at birth or developed later in life. Read below to find more questions regarding the symptoms, treatments and cost for Cauda Equina Syndrome surgery that has been answered by Experts.

What are the Cauda Equina Syndrome symptoms?

In most cases, when a dog has developed Cauda Equina Syndrome, the dog back experience intense pain within the back, tail or even both back legs. A dog may have difficulty getting up after lying down, and may not show many symptoms of stiffness once the dog has gotten on their feet. However, it may be common for some dogs to have trouble urinating as well as pain, while other dogs may have some episodes of incontinent. Muscle loss may also be another common symptom in some dogs.

If a dog has been diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome, but the dog only has lameness in the front legs, is this an accurate diagnosis?

In some cases, this may not be a correct diagnosis of Cauda Equina Syndrome. However, the reason for this is because Cauda Equina Syndrome often affects a dog’s hind leg instead of the front. However, in the case a dog is experiencing lameness in the front legs FCE (fibro-cartilaginous embolism). This may be caused by stoke to the spinal cord.

What is an average price for Cauda Equina Syndrome surgery in dogs?

The price for Cauda Equina Syndrome surgery may all depend on where the individual lives as well as where the procedure is taken place. In some cases the procedure may run anywhere from $3000-10,000. In some cases, the individual may obtain a referral from their vet as well as a specific price range for that clinic.

What can be done to relieve pain in a Maltese dog that has been diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome?

In some cases, a case of Cauda Equina Syndrome may have an effective response to NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug). There may be other different prescriptions of NSAIDS that may be available for a dog, however, an individual may need to have the dog seen by a vet in order to obtain the correct prescription, dose and correct follow up afterwards. Another effective medication may be Tramadol in order to help with reducing the pain. This is a prescription medication that may need to be obtained through a vet.

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a serious condition that may cause extensive pain to a dog if not given the correct medication, or correct surgery procedure. Some individuals my mistaken Cauda Equina Syndrome with hip dysplasia, in this case the dog may go untreated and undiagnosed. It is impo9rtant to have a dog seen by a vet as soon as possible when showing signs of pain within the back and hind legs. For more information pertaining to Cauda Equina Syndrome, individuals may contact an Expert.
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