Wobbler Syndrome /Cervical Spondylomyelopathy In Large Breeds
This progressive loss of coordination in the hind legs is caused by an instability to the vertebrae in the neck and may be complicated by additional changes in the discs. This causes compression and damage to the spinal cord. Untreated, the partial paralysis may spread to the front legs. It occurs most frequently in males - Great Danes under two years old and especially in Dobermans three to nine years of age.
A diagnosis is based upon the breed affected, the clinical signs, by x-rays of the spine and spinal cord AND BY MRI SCAN. Mild problems are managed with non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs and sometimes neck braces. In severe instances early surgery to relieve compression is needed, performed by our colleagues at Dick White Referrals.