Spinal surgery in our beloved pets is often critical, highly time-sensitive and can make a world of difference in your pet’s quality of life. To prevent permanent paralysis or loss of motor functions, treatment has to be quick and targeted to retain the health of the spine.

When will my pet require spinal surgery?

There are many reasons to requiring spinal surgery, but some of the most common reasons revolve around relieving pressure on the spinal cord, fixing broken bones from trauma, tumour removal, dislocation or to stabilize and re-align a dislocated joint.

Spinal surgery will also be required when there are signs of Intervertebral Disc Disease. Typically, there are two forms of the condition:

Type 1 Intervertebral Disc Disease is more commonly known as a “slipped” disc and occurs most commonly in young to middle aged small-breed dogs. However, large breeds may also be susceptible to this condition as well.

Type 2 Intervertebral Disc Disease is caused by bulging of the outer disc on the spinal cord. This tends to be progressive and may or may not exhibit pain. This is more common in middle to older aged large-breed dogs.

We understand how important our furry companions are. They’re more than just pets, they’re family.

If you suspect that your pet is exhibiting signs of spinal injury, we highly recommend that you give us a call so that we can advise you accordingly

Call us at 6697 5322 today. We are open 24/7 for your peace of mind.

What are the symptoms of spinal injuries?

There are a large range of causes to spinal injuries that require surgery. Usual warning signs include:

  • Inability to walk
  • Wobbliness/Unsteadiness
  • Shivering
  • Refusal to bend down/get up/eat
  • Dragging of the rear legs
  • Noticeable pain when you pick up or pet

These warning signs are serious, and it is highly recommended that you reach a trusted veterinarian as soon as possible. You should head to an animal hospital for immediate care and peace of mind.

Why is spinal surgery important?

Much like in humans, your pet’s spinal health forms the pillar of your pet’s quality of life and active lifestyle. The spine is subject to daily usage and possible heavy wear and tear. As such, conditions that affect the spine are plentiful.

Oftentimes, many conditions can be treated with medicine if detected early, avoiding the need for invasive surgical intervention. However, if surgery is required, it is important that the specialized surgery be performed by a veterinary surgeon that is experienced in neurosurgery.

What happens after surgery?

The duration and extent of recovery depends greatly on the condition of your pet and varies from patient to patient. With dedicated rest, time and care, recovery can be smooth sailing for your pet. Our veterinarians will be alongside you as we help your pet make a satisfactory and successful recovery.

Our Veterinary Surgeon
Dr Nicholas Woo

BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery) Consultant Vet and Surgeon

Dr Nicholas Woo is an accredited veterinary surgeon in Singapore with a special interest in oncology, spinal and hip replacement surgery. Dr Nick graduated from the University of Queensland and received additional training in Australia’s Queensland Veterinary Specialists (QVS) & Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre (BVSC).

Passionate and dedicated, nothing is more important to Dr Nick than a smooth recovery for all of his patients. He understands the deep bond shared by you and your pet, and will strive to provide a customized treatment plan for the best possible outcomes.