How Much Does Slipped Disc Surgery for a Dog Cost?

The intervertebral disc, the cushion between the bones of the spine, can rupture or even swell over time, causing damage to the dog’s spinal cord.

This damage can either progress and happen over time, which can be treated if detected early and cause few complications, or in the case of intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), the discs which serve as the cushion will rupture, causing extreme pain, a loss of feeling and/or a loss of limb function.

If this were to happen, your vet, depending on the damage, will recommend a course of action which would include surgery and medication.

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Intervertebral disc disease (slipped disc) dog surgery cost

The extra costs to consider

How the vet diagnoses your dog will depend on the symptoms and the breed.  If, for example, your breed was predisposed to intervertebral disc disease, then there could be a good chance IVDD is, indeed, the problem.  However, depending on other symptoms, additional tests may be required and need to be budgeted for on top of the estimates mentioned above, including:

  1. Blood work ($250)
  2. CT Scan ($1,000+)
  3. MRI ($2,500+)
  4. Serum chemistry ($100)
  5. Ongoing prescription medication to relieve the pain after surgery ($150+/mo)
  6. Physical therapy after the surgery completes ($65+/day)
  7. Urinanalysis ($45)
  8. Spinal tap (up to $1,000)
  9. Spinal x-ray ($150+)

Symptoms of IVDD

Treatment plan

Recovery process

IVDD Affected Breeds

Can a dog recover from IVDD without surgery?

 


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