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hemi-laminectomy question

February 24th, 2004, 11:18 PM
Please help with any advice, my almost 9 year old cocker spaniel, has had 3 episodes where she is in pain and hides and doesnt want to get up and walk, the vet did a x-ray today and it showed two lesions one in lower back and one in the neck area that are bad. He wants to treat her medically she is on steriods for 10 days and carafate, he doesnt want to jump in right away and operate, but from what I am reading it sounds like if we treat her with the medications and cage rest the problem will only get worse and not better in the long run! How long should we wait? The vet was experienced with 30 years in ortho. All her blood work was normal too. but it seems to me the surgery would be best, any suggestions or advice will be greatly appreciated.