Helping Your Large or Giant Breed Dog Avoid Wobbler Syndrome
Either of these problems can cause the spinal cord and nerve root compression seen in Wobbler’s dogs.
Another theory about Wobbler syndrome has to do with proper nutrition for giant breed dogs. The theory proposes that Great Danes might be getting excessive amounts of protein, calcium and calories as puppies.
The cause of the condition is not known, but the general consensus by veterinary professionals is that there is a genetic basis for the disease. The School of Veterinary Medicine is currently running two studies to learn more. The first research is trying to determine whether the fast growth of giant breed dogs has a role in Wobbler syndrome and in the second study Ohio State researchers are looking at the genetics of the disease in Dobermans.
Typical posture of dog with wobbler syndrome
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You might notice that your dog gets a little weak in the hind end. This shows up like a bit of wobbliness, or staggering perhaps. And it kicks in suddenly, no gradual onset.We picked our dog up this morning and she smelled horribly like poop. The lady had just bathed her (not very well apparently) and said she had had some serious bouts of diahrrea. She was fine when we dropped her off but we had just tried out a new canned food 2 days before we took her to the kennel so maybe it was the new food? (although she didnt eat any of new food while at the kennel so i dont know). She seemed ok when we got her although MUCH more subdued than normal. She's an extremely active dog that drives me insane with her non stop energy so when she calmly greeted us without even trying to jump or lick us to death i thought it was very odd. We drove 3 hrs back home and she NEVER stood up in the back of car. Just slept the whole way home. Again, very unlike her. As soon as we got home and she started walking around it was clear something was wrong. She seemed wobbly when she walked. She went out back and drank TONS of water but when we tried to feed her she wouldnt eat a bite. We tried a couple treats but she wouldnt eat those either. All she's done for the past 5 1/2 hours is sleep. I just took her out to go potty before bedtime and she was very, very unsteady. She'd take a few steps and sort of trip or lean to one side (mostly with her back end) so she'd stop walking to regain her balance and then take a few more steps. She did go pee and ate some food and then i had to help guide her back inside because she was so unsteady and could walk straight. I cant tell if she's in pain, sick, had a seizure, or what. Obviously if she isnt better after a good nights sleep we'll be making a call to our vet but i was wondering if anyone else had any ideas?? Wobblers Syndrome (also called spondylolithesis), is a condition that can affect puppies or adult dogs. They develop an unsteady gait due to spinal cord compression caused by the narrowing of the vertabral canal, or by a ruptured disc in the neck. This causes the vertabral ligaments to become loosened and overstretched (hypertrophy) to the point of an inability to tauten properly when strength is needed. The vertebrae become malformed, or do not come together properly, which puts pressure on the spinal cord causing gait problems and moderate to severe discomfort. Anyway, when the tumor bleeds, there is internal blood loss within the abdomen. At this time, the dog gets weak and wobbly. The gums look very pale. Now you can see how it makes a lot of sense.