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Tuesday 18th of December 2018

Wobbler Syndrome

General information on Wobbler Syndrome

Wobbler syndrome, also known as cervical vertebral instability, is when the spinal cord at the base of the neck is compressed by lesions. This disease typically occurs in large-breed dogs. The causes of wobbler syndrome are a deformed cervical vertebrae or a broken Hansen Type two neck disc. Sometimes, due to the instability in the spine, an enlarged ligament occurs. This enlarged ligament goes down the vertebral canal and beneath the vertebrae. Dogs that are diagnosed with this disease should not be used as working dogs and should not be used for breeding. Wobbler syndrome is believed to be a genetic disease.

Symptoms of Wobbler Syndrome

The symptoms for wobbler syndrome may be neck pain, worn toenails, scuffed paws, muscle atrophy (primarily in the forearms), difficulty rising into a standing position, uncoordinated step caused by decreased awareness of where the body is, and, further into the disease progression, weakness and partial paralysis of the front legs. Sometimes the disease may also present itself with a case of hornerís syndrome. The symptoms of this disease may worsen when the neck is flexed.

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Treatments for Wobbler Syndrome

The treatment for wobbler syndrome is typically surgery aimed at fixing the cause of the compression and re-stabilizing the spinal column. The rehabilitation process after the surgery is a long one. Sometimes, when the disease is still in the milder stages, the disease can be treated with a medical management. Acupuncture and cervical collars may be helpful.

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