Prognosis is dependent upon the severity and duration of clinical signs and treatments utilized. Dogs with cervical (neck) IVDD, causing pain but no neurologic deficits, have a fair prognosis when treated with enforced rest although recurrences are common. Dogs with cervical IVDD treated surgically have an excellent prognosis.
Dogs with thoracolumbar (back) IVDD that are not able to walk, but have deep pain perception (able to feel pain when the toes are pinched with an instrument) have a 98% recovery rate. Approximately 50% of dogs that have lost deep pain perception will recover with surgery.