My vet is running tests and x-rays to confirm this diagnosis as we speak. My dog (Patton) walks in severe pain and yelps for no apparent reason. Now he has gotten where he will not move or raise his neck up. He keeps it low to ground at all times. Has anyone else been through this with their dog. If so is it curable? Thanks Darryl
I am so sorry to hear about your dog's health condition. Patton may have hip dysplasia, and that can be cured by surgery. Well, what you said about the neck, might indicate a sort of spinal cancer. That is usually fatal. I don't mean to scare you, but I ahve seen it happen to dogs before. If he is keeping his head low to the ground all of the time it might be a sort of bloat, or partial-bloat. My mother's Dogo Argentino had the exact same symptoms, and it tured out to be hip dysplasia. She had to be put to sleep because it was so severe. It is possible that it is vWD. If so, I suggest euthanasia. I have never heard of CVI. I am very sorry about Patton. He'll be in my prayers Tracey
Well the treatment options actually vary for CVI, which can also be known as wobblers. Here's a site that has some information on the disorder in Dobermans. http://www.chetbacon.com/wobblers.htm The big thing is that treatment options depend on the severity of the damage, which hopefully the x-rays will show. Hopefully your dog will be one of the treatable ones. Where did you get your dog from? This iis highly suspected to be a heriditary disfunction, and if your dog has it, it's possible (or even likely) that some of his littermates have it, and that the breeder you got the dog from has seen it before.
Just heard form the vet. He did not think it was Wobblers, but there is more than likely spinal misalignment so he is going to start him on corticosteroids. I guess this is good news but to me it sounds like the same thing. It all comes down to compression of the spinal cord. Anybody else been down this road? My Dobe is only 5 years old. We are not ready to let him go.
It sounds like better news to me, is it spondynitis?(I think I spelled it wrong) Ask the vet about complementary treatments you could seek out to aid in recovery. In my notes on Canine Massage therapy we cover working on dogs with spondynitis(spine)