Ruby – Herniated Disc
Ruby was presented to surgeon Dr Pierre Barreau with spinal pain. A CT scan was performed to identify the problem. The CT showed a herniated sacral disc that required surgery.
The intervertebral disc (IVD) is a spongy, doughnut shaped pad in the main joint between the vertebrae. The disc lies just underneath the spinal cord in dogs and cats. Each disc has a semi-liquid center (nucleus pulposus) and a tough outer fibrous layer (annulus fibrosus). The discs form a bridge between two neighboring vertebrae and act as a cushion, giving strength and flexibility to the spine.
Surgical treatment consists of drilling a hole in the vertebrae to remove the part of the IVD that is putting pressure on the spinal cord.
Ruby’s owners have been doing physiotherapy at home to aid her recovery. We will keep you posted on her progress!