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Wobblers

Posted by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 7:43 PM
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Does anyone know much about wobblers?

My great dane has been diagnosed with wobblers and hip dysplatia. I'm very upset. The vet said we will probably have to put him down.

We bought him almost 3 years ago from a breeder after a lot of research on great danes. We made sure he was the right dog for us. I always bought him high grade food, never fed him puppy chow and have him trained very well.

I've invested so much time and love in him and will do what it takes to help him (as long as it doesn't mean making him live in pain that is) but the vet said that surgery and acupuncture is probably pointless with him. He gave us pain killers/anti inflammitories and told us to bring him back in 10 days to see how he is doing. Until then he's restricted from moving around. He's my buddy.. my jogging partner, my bike buddy.. My tag along.

 

this is my dorky dog

Has anyone dealt with this? can you give advice?

by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 7:43 PM
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hightideatsea
by Member on Apr. 2, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Sorry, wish I could be more help to you.  I just had to put mine down because of bloat and stomach rotation.  I know the pain you are feeling with just the thought of having to do that.  I think in your situation, I'd get a second opinion just to be sure.

luvmydanes
by Group Owner on Apr. 20, 2010 at 6:17 PM

what about steriods? 

shelliemonster
by Member on Apr. 21, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Wobblers shouldnt always mean putting the dog down first thing. Number one if your vet says no chance surgery will help, get a second opinion!

Did he sustain an injury that brought wobblers on? Is it determined to be genetic? If it is genetic, what sort of health guarantee do you have from your breeder? Wobblers is also nutritionally induced  with over-vitaminization, high calorie diets, and uncontrolled portions

.Prednisone is a steroid that is given that lessens the inflammationof the nerves, it doesnt cure it, has side effects, AND you cannot just stop your dog, you have to wean them off prednisone

Surgical intervention is getting better in success rates. If you want this option you will need to find a specialist with a LOT of successful spinal surgeries under their belt. Its expensive, but there ARE foundations that help with costs out there. Its still very risky.

Theres a great article and info here, with other options instead of euthing.

http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/wobblers_syndrome_by_dr_wittles.htm

http://petsurgery.com/wobblersyndrome.html

http://personal.palouse.net/valeska/wobblers.htm

http://dog-care.suite101.com/article.cfm/understanding_canine_wobblers_syndrome

 

Do some research, ask for a second opinion, and look for other options. Good luck, and Im so sorry youve been given this to deal with.

 

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