Doberman : Wobbler’s Syndrome
The Doberman Pinscher, bred to
be an outstanding guard-dog, is very energetic.
The Doberman, unfriendly and ferocious as it might
seem, loves to be physically close to its family
Highly intelligent, fearless and
loyal, the Dobe needs an owner that is willing to
discipline him without being afraid of him. He needs
to be properly socialized to prevent over-protectiveness.
This breed needs consistent mental
stimulation through positive reinforcement to stay
happy and in good health.
The Doberman is generally healthy.
You would hardly ever find him giving in to temperature
differences or to mild ailments. All it takes are
quick medication and appropriate exercise to get
him back on his feet.
However, cervical spondilytis due
to fusion of neck vertebrae and compression of spinal
cord, commonly referred to as the “Wobbler’s
syndrome” might affect this dog. This disorder
is rampant among these dogs and starting with the
hind legs, it might even lead to complete dysfunction
of all four limbs.
The common symptoms are a wobbly
gait, (which gives the disorder its name), a stilted
manner of walking on the front feet, a dragging
of the hind feet, severe neck pain and the neck
hanging in a downward position.
These symptoms might even grow
into the worst possible situation where the dog
would be rendered completely motionless.
Commonly seen in older Dobermans,
from 3 to 8 years of age, it is known to have affected
smaller dogs as well. The younger dogs may often
die as a result of this disorder, as they are less
capable of coping with it. The spinal cord compression
occurs mostly in the vertebrae c5, c6, and c7.
There are treatments to take care
of this disorder but it depends on the severity
of the spinal compression. Cortisone treatment helps
reduce inflammation of the spinal cord, while acupuncture
is said to work as a pain relief. Chiropractic adjustment
too cannot be ruled out but it might lead to severe
complications in certain cases.
In severe cases, surgery would
be the most plausible resort, but one is advised
to always to go in for a MRI (Magnetic Resonance
Imaging) before doing a surgery.
An alternative to surgery is Gold Beads Implant,
when magnetically charged gold plated
Beads are implanted in the dog wherever pain needs
to be relieved.
The major cause of Wobblers Syndrome
is yet to be known but some of the causes are
genetics, conformation of the neck, malnutrition,
Preventative breeding can be an
option but because dogs don’t show symptoms
before their breeding age, it cannot be entirely
relied on. Therefore, one can only gather complete
information on Wobblers in Pedigrees and thus, breed
responsibly, so that one can get a perfectly healthy
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