My 13 year old female Cairn Terrier has been diagnosed with an intervertebral disc problem that may or may not have been caused by a collison with my 2 year old male Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The vet has recommended cage rest, steriods, anti-inflamitory and pain meds for 4-6 weeks. She seems like she is in so much pain. Is it possible that she will NOT get any better and I should not let her suffer. She has Addisons disease, lost an eye due to severe eye pressure and the typical Cairn allegy issues. Is surgery an option worth pursuing this late in her life?
This is totally my personal opinion. If she were mine, I would not consider surgery at her age. I am sure she has lived a good life. Try all the meds, and make sure you are do extreme cage rest, exactly like the vet ordered. Do not allow her to do anything even if you think she looks ok.
It is possible things will not be OK, and you have to consider that ultimate decision. I had a doxie client who has a severe back problem, as many do. The vet told them surgery was her only option. After extreme, very strict cage rest and very limited activity, her doxie never needed the surgery.
Alot of your situation depends on how her bones and everything are at 13yrs. If she still has very good bone, and little arthritis, then you could be fine, and everything will work itself out. I wish you all the luck in the world, and please remember. This is strictly my own opinion.