The Importance of Diagnostic Imaging for Your Pet


Oscar is a 6 year- old small mixed breed dog who was referred to the Veterinary Specialty Centre Surgical Services from Sunrise Animal Hospital. Oscar was having back pain and unable to use his hind limbs.

Oscar was assessed by the surgical team and had a CT scan to evaluate his spine and spinal cord. The CT scan showed Oscar had Intervertebral Disc Disease. What’s that? The material between the vertebrae of the spine protrudes out of its normal space and pushes on the spinal canal. This results in pain and partial or full paralysis.

Oscar’s compression was quite large, and surgery was required. Without advanced diagnostic imaging, the surgical team would not have known the exact location and extent of the compression.

The next day, Oscar had his surgery. After his surgery, Oscar was happy, comfortable, and eating well. After a few days, he was able to go home.  His owner was advised to restrict activity and undergo physiotherapy for full recovery of function in the legs. We’re so glad Oscar and his owner could head home after his successful surgery and recover at home where there’s always a lot of snuggles.

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