Wobblers Syndrome in Dogs: What Is It and What Causes It?
Wobblers Syndrome is a neurological disorder that affects dogs. It is caused by damage to the vertebral column, which can lead to instability and difficulty walking. In some cases, Wobblers Syndrome can be fatal. If you think your dog may have Wobblers Syndrome, it is important to get them checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible. This article will discuss the symptoms, causes, and treatment of Wobblers Syndrome in dogs.
Symptoms of Wobblers Syndrome
The most common symptoms of Wobblers Syndrome in dogs are difficulty walking, instability, and a wobbly gait. Other symptoms may include neck pain, head tilt, and muscle weakness. Dogs with Wobblers Syndrome may also have trouble controlling their bladder or bowels. In severe cases, Wobblers Syndrome can be fatal.
Watch this video to see Dr. Hannah Capon discuss Wobblers Syndrome:
Causes of Wobblers Syndrome
The cause of Wobblers Syndrome in dogs is not yet known. However, it is believed that the syndrome may be caused by damage to the vertebral column, which can lead to instability and difficulty walking. Some possible causes of damage to the vertebral column include trauma, infection, and tumor.
Dr. Hannah Capon was able to discuss the causes of Wobblers, as well as if pet parents can prevent this with their large dogs:
Treatment of Wobblers Syndrome
There is no cure for Wobblers Syndrome in dogs. However, the symptoms can be managed with treatment. Treatment may include medications to relieve pain and inflammation, physical therapy, and surgery. In some cases, a dog may need to be euthanized if they are experiencing too much pain or have lost the ability to walk. However, in many cases dogs can go on to live long and happy lives!
Acupuncture is also being used more and more to help with wobblers. There are also therapies like laser, getting adjustments with chiropractors, and electrical muscle stimulations.
If you think your dog may have Wobblers Syndrome, it is important to get them checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
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