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I believe the best therapeutic approach for Wobbler syndrome dogs is rehabilitation – essentially .
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Diagnosis usually requires cervical myelography or MRI imaging studies. Degenerative changes affecting the articular process joints are a frequent finding in these patients. Features of this condition include cervical articular process joint degeneration, spinal cord compression, vertebral foraminal stenosis, intramedullary spinal cord changes and intervertebral disc degenerative changes. Motor evoked potentials also reveal reduced cranial tibial muscle latency and amplitude in wobbler dogs.
Have you ever had a dog with Wobbler Syndrome? How was the treatment process for your dog?
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i bought a large Kong Wobbler for my dog and he hates it! The new hole is way to small, just to small for the size of the Kong, and the food is really hard to get out. He gets frustrated, bites the Kong and growls at it while he bites the Kong… Wobblers is most common in the following dog breeds:
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In 35 yrs of breeding Great Danes I have experienced genetic Wobblers, a direct link for 4 generations. I have witnessed nutritional induced wobblers with over-vitaminization, high calorie diets, uncontrolled portions, wobblers due to trauma to the neck from lead training at a very early age, and poor structure that causes undue trauma to the vertebra connections. In horses, there is a form of wobblers that is causes from herpes virus, this could also be a problem in dogs, no one has looked at it closley.Wobblers syndrome is caused by a narrowing or malformation of the spinalcervical (neck) vertebrae which causes pressure on the spinal cord by thelower cervical (neck) vertebrae due to either a malformation of the vertebraor a malocclusion (when the vertebrae do not come together properly). Thiscauses anywhere from a mild, to a severe affect in the dogs gait.. Otherconditions can mimic the symptoms. The only definitive diagnosis of WobblersSyndrome or Spondololithesis, is a mylogram where dye is injected intothe spinal column and then the neck is flexed and x-rayed.In Great Danes, a true wobbler is usually seen between the ages of 3-12 months of age. The outstanding symptom is a slowly developing, progressive, incoordination and paralysis of the hind limbs. This paresis and/or incoordination is caused by pressure on the spinal cord as it passes thru the vertebrae of the neck, the last three being the most prominent sites. The animal may appear clumsy, "wobbling" or display swaying of the rear legs. On slick surfaces it may be difficult or impossible to walk. The dog may fall when attempting to turn and the toes of the hind feet may drag when walking. The dog usually has its legs spread out as far as possible trying to better balance itself. Initially front leg involvement is minimal or undetectable. The treatment of cervical spondylopathy depends on the severity of the neurological involvement and the longevity of the disease process. Treatment is directed at stopping further cord trauma and at decreasing the current neurological deficits.
The acute form of canine wobbler syndrome is truly a medical emergency. The dog is very often quadriplegic and immediate veterinary attention must be sought in order for the spinal cord to be saved. Generally the veterinarian will treat the animal with diuretics (i.e. mannitol) and high dose steroids to decrease the swelling and inflammation in the cord as well as ascorbic acid to protect the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves. This treatment may last as long as 2 to 3 days. Depending on the degree of improvement, decompressive surgery is usually required to prevent further trauma to the cord. If via rigorous medical treatment, the animal regains full neurological function, surgery may be delayed from one to three weeks with the animal probably kept in a neck brace. If, however, little or no improvement is rendered via medical care - surgery must be done within a few days in order to preserve the integrity of the spinal cord. The more time that passes with the spinal cord compressed and therefore without nutrients and oxygen, the higher the likelihood of some degree of permanent paralysis. The two most used surgical techniques are Dorsal Laminectomy (where the top of the spinal canal is removed thus allowing the spinal cord to rise out of the confining environment) and Ventral Decompression which removes ulcerated disc material as well as certain ligaments under the spinal cord and some of the vertebral body that may be compressing the cord. Choice of surgical technique is made by the orthopedic surgeon or by someone that has had much experience with spinal surgery as well as the special instrumentation needed for this complicated procedure. Even with the correct facilities and techniques there are always possibilities of post operative complications.