For some neurological disorders, neurosurgery may be the best treatment option. The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC) outside Albuquerque, New Mexico performs a range of spinal surgeries to help your dog or cat get lasting pain relief and restore motor function.
Spinal Surgery as Neurological Treatment
Our doctors carefully assess your pet during a thorough neurological examination and may perform advanced imaging tests. They will consult with you to discuss all possible treatment options and prognoses to help you make the best decision for your pet.
We strive to treat neurological disorders using the least invasive means possible. However, there are some spinal cord issues that require surgical intervention, such as advanced Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) or severe traumatic injury.
Why You Should Only Trust a Specialist to Perform Your Pet’s Spinal Surgery
If your pet needs spinal surgery, you are best served by entrusting your pet to the care of The ANIC. Our board-certified veterinary neurologists have advanced neurological training that includes experience with spinal surgeries.
In addition to our practiced surgical skill, we also provide superior medical care. For the duration of the spinal surgery procedure (include pre- and post-op), your pet’s vitals are constantly monitored by a dedicated veterinary technician.
Preparing Your Pet for Spinal Surgery
One of the most important aspects of surgical preparation is making sure your pet is ready for anesthesia, which requires fasting for at least 12 hours (except in emergency cases). Please make sure your pet has no food the morning of the scheduled spinal surgery.
The staff at The ANIC will provide you with thorough pre-operative directions to get your pet ready for surgery.
Spinal Surgery Outcomes You May Expect
What spinal surgery may accomplish for your pet depends on the neurological signs and symptoms they were experiencing beforehand. Successful spinal surgery may:
- Restore motor function
- Correct a staggering gait
- Relieve pain
Once the anesthesia has worn off, your pet may already be feeling a lot better. Still, you will likely need to limit your pet’s movement and ensure they get plenty of rest for optimal recovery. Our staff will provide detailed instructions for post-operative at-home care.
If you have any questions about spinal surgery, please contact us.