Cats are such independent creatures and very playful loving pets. It is so difficult for a pet to suffer from any kind of illness or injury, not knowing how to help find a cure. Common back problems that your cat can suffer from are spinal cord fractures, intervertebral disc disease and spinal trauma. As a pet parent, it is necessary for you to make note of all symptoms in your cat.
So, the first thing to do if your cat gets a back injury is to call your veterinarian at the first sign of pain and injury. Relay all the symptoms noted in your cat so your doctor can perform appropriate tests for proper diagnosis, according to the Vet Info and Pet Place websites.
Proceed to get your cat thoroughly examined by your veterinarian, along with his recommendations for X-rays, a myelogram to test for spinal swelling, computed axial tomography (CAT scan) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Tests and radiographs will provide a definitive diagnosis to begin treatment.
Schedule surgery for your cat if tests reveal that the back injury is due to either a spinal cord fracture or an intervertebral disc disease. The spinal cord will be aligned together with screws and your cat may need oxygen therapy and IV fluids. The intervertebral disc disease, after surgery, will require corticosteroids or anti-inflammatory medications to help with swelling and inflammation.
Keep your cat calm and immobilized as much as possible once you return home. Isolate your pet to a small area away from other pets until healed. It may also be necessary to help your cat relieve itself at this time of healing. Administer appropriate medications as prescribed by your veterinarian until medication therapy is complete.
Perform physical therapy on your cat at home which normally includes hot and cold treatments according to Vetinfo.com/Physical Therapy. Your veterinarian can show you motion techniques to follow at home as well for a quicker recovery of back and spinal injuries.
Schedule a follow-up visit with your veterinarian to determine if your cat is healing appropriately. All cats respond differently to treatment and can take anywhere from weeks to months to heal. Continue with your physical therapy and any other treatment prescribed by your vet such as hydrotherapy and acupuncture until fully recovered.