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This causes anywhere from a mild, to a severe affect in the dogs gait. Other conditions can mimic the symptoms. The only definitive diagnosis of Wobblers Syndrome or Spondololithesis, is a mylogram where dye is injected into the spinal column and then the neck is flexed and x-rayed.
Dobermans - young and old, can grow through the problem as youngsters, more commonly seen in middle aged to older Dobermans 3 to 9 years of age Other breeds who have a similar if not identical syndrome described include the Boxer, Basset, Bull Mastiff, St.
Males are affected more often, in a ratio of 2: According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, "The cause is unknown, although rapid growth rates and nutrition, mechanical factors, and genetics may be implicated. Symptoms Symptoms usually appear first in the rear legs as a mild uncoordination in gait ataxia and can escalate to involvement of the forelegs as well.
The severely affected dog moves like a drunk and the uncoordination shows up most when the dog is walked and then moved sharply into a turn.
An unsuspecting owner might simply conclude that his older puppy was just clumsy. Overly clumsy young Great Danes should be Wobbler suspects. In Great Danes, Wobblers Syndrome most commonly appears from 10 months to a year and a half of age although it can manifest as old as 4 or 5 years, and as young as 5 weeks.
Diagnosis A veterinarian will do a neurological work up on the dog and this often includes not only cervical spine x-rays, but a mylogram x-ray. A mylogram is not only dangerous to the dog, but is expensive. The owner should thoroughly investigate the advisability of this procedure, especially since if it is Wobblers Syndrome, surgery may not be the best option.
Treatment Treatment of Wobblers Syndrome can include the use of corticosteroids, a neck brace and surgery. The surgery fuses the 2 unstable vertebrae which relieves the pressure on the spinal cord.
Unfortunately this also puts further stress on adjoining vertebrae which can cause instability to recur in them. Many Wobblers can live a long and pain free life with little or no treatment. Others deteriorate quickly and euthanasia then becomes the only kind choice.
This is the first in a series of articles that will discuss specific disease entities of bone caused, in part, by improper or over nutrition.
Some of the information to be presented in this and future articles will have been discussed previously but will be put into specific consideration to the disease entity covered.
It is my desire to provide an understanding of the total picture of proper nutrition and a well balanced and strong skeleton upon which these modern day giants are to support their massive bodies.
If the foundation of any structure is weak, then the weight which is born by it will cause this foundation to break and fall.
Cervical Spondylopathy or Canine Wobblers Syndrome as the lay person knows it, consists of any uncoordination or lameness caused by pressure on the spinal cord as it travels through the neck at any age for any reason.
In Great Danes, a true wobbler is usually seen between the ages of months of age. The outstanding symptom is a slowly developing, progressive, uncoordination and paralysis of the hind limbs.
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. As the disease progresses, a characteristic short choppy rolling stride is seen on what appears to be somewhat rigid forelimbs.Physician CPT Code Desktop Reference Radiology Diagnostic Center Las Tablas Road, Ste Templeton P: () F: () Five Cities Medical Imaging.
UGI. FINDINGS: The patient swallowed barium and effervescent granules [without difficulty or aspiration]. The oral and pharyngeal phases of swallowing are normal. Triggering of swallowing reflex is normal/delayed.
Oral transfer is normal. Symptoms of spondylolisthesis may vary from mild to severe. A person with spondylolisthesis may have no symptoms. Children may not show symptoms until they're 18 years old. UGI. FINDINGS: The patient swallowed barium and effervescent granules [without difficulty or aspiration].
The oral and pharyngeal phases of swallowing are normal. Triggering of swallowing reflex is normal/delayed. Oral transfer is normal. A somewhat common occurrence for those with spondy’s and other back conditions is that odd, deep cracking or shifting feeling that occurs during certain movements or more .
A collection of information about Wobblers Disease SPONDYLOLITHESIS WOBBLERS SYNDROME Description Wobblers syndrome is caused by a narrowing or malformation of the spinal cervical (neck) vertebrae which causes pressure on the spinal cord by the lower cervical (neck) vertebrae due to either a malformation of the vertebra or a .