Disc Extrusion 

Fixed price package

Each surgical package includes a consultation, treatment on the day of surgery, a reassessment and four physio treatments. The package price is determined at your first visit.

Before surgery
Initial consultation
Assessment of your vet’s x-rays
Surgical treatment planning
One pre-surgical physio and laser session

Day of surgery
Morning check-in
Anaesthesia and multimodal pain prevention
One-on-one recovery with a surgical nurse in a temperature-controlled room
Photo update of your pet texted to you
Cold therapy begins
Multimodal pain relief dispensed
Discharge in the afternoon

After surgery
Three post-surgical physio and laser sessions
Cold compression treatment with Game Ready athlete recovery system

* Additional treatments required after surgery are not included in the package price and may be performed by your local vet


Elective Care
We can only accept and treat patients that are neurologically stable. Out-of-town patients can stay with their owners at local dog-friendly hotels. Critical or urgent patients requiring after-hour care are best referred elsewhere.

Some spinal discs can prematurely age and extrude into the spinal canal. This can compress the spinal cord causing pain and the inability to walk and urinate.


To diagnose and plan the best treatment, we use MRI.

A small window is created in the vertebral bone that surrounds the spinal cord. The extruded disc material is carefully removed to decompress the cord.

Your pet will require postoperative physiotherapy to regain walking function. Some patients require a temporary urine catheter.

Most patients that can feel their toes before surgery will regain the ability to walk and urinate normally within a few weeks. Approximately 50% of patients that are unable feel their toes before surgery do not regain the ability to walk - we will discuss this with you if we think this risk is likely.

Special Touches Animal Orthopaedics Chri

Special Touches

Our experienced surgical team performs each surgery precisely, calmly and quietly.

After surgery, your pet wakes up in a dedicated  temperature-controlled warming room.


During anaesthesia recovery, our lovely surgical nurse sits with your pet so they are not alone.


After surgery, a photo of your pet is texted to you  so you can see all is well.

Typically used by athletes after injury, Game Ready® is a healing system we use to reduce swelling and promote post-operative recovery. 


All our patients go home with multimodal pain relief on the same day of surgery. This avoids separation anxiety and expensive after-hours care.

Four physio sessions are included in each orthopaedic package to restore mobility quickly.

Every physio session includes Class IV Laser Therapy.