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Disc associated “wobbler syndrome” is a devastating disease of the cervical vertebrae and inter-vertebral discs resulting in cervical canal narrowing and spinal cord compression, which leads to a wobbly gait/walk in dogs and horses (hence the name wobbler syndrome). This condition is most commonly found in large breed dogs, in particularly, Dobermans. The underlying cause has not been completely determined yet but it seems to be a combination of disc degeneration (when the cushion between the vertebrae break down and no longer provide cushion for the vertebrae bones) and cervical spine instability.
The best treatment for this condition is surgery; however the most common surgical procedures are invasive and associated with long post-operative recovery. In addition, they are not able to prevent the occurrence of the problem happening on another location of the spinal cord, this is called “domino lesion” and tends to occur in about 1/3 of the patients between 6 months and 2 years after surgery.
However, Cervical Disc Replacement, which is currently the best available option in humans with cervical disc diseases, is finally available for dogs with wobbler syndrome.
Veterinarian Filippo Adamo is a board certified Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Neurology. Practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Adamo diagnoses, treats and cures numerous neurological cases, including Wobbler Syndrome. Most recently, Dr. Adamo has successfully patented Adamo’s Spinal Disc which cures Wobbler Syndrome in dogs.