As of May 2015, more than 80 dogs affected by Wobbler Syndrome, have been successfully treated with cervical disc arthroplasty.

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The amazing recovery of Patch, a six year old Dalmation, presented with six months progressive not ambulatory tetraparesis (inability to walk).

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“She showed this weekend. Six classes-five passes. Four first places and one second place. No signs of any problems. And I had people watching from all angles (including two veterinarians)!”


Selkie, a 6-year old Doberman was treated with an artificial disc replacement and just 4 months post-surgery, Selkie was back to competitive agility in her home state of Texas.

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Selkie finished her Master Agility Championship on April 20th, 2013. She is doing well. Probably the first MACh following Wobbler’s surgery!!! Now fully retired from agility. …FINALLY! No longer having to worry about her getting injured–what a relief. Thank you for helping us to accomplish this goal.

She is now officially:
CH MACH Merrimac’s Irish Selkie VCD2 GO RE MX MXS MXJ MJS NJP XF Conformation champion, agility champion, and countless obedience, tracking and agility titles. The Master Agility championship is her 30th title. Working on 31 and 32 now. In this video her final agility run. The MACh run!

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“He is eating again with gusto and running all over the place. (His favorite pastime is fly hunting, he goes outside and trots all around, hunting those flys! He loves chasing them around, so that makes us have a very clean yard :)”

Sonny a 6-year-old Doberman which was affected by disc associate wobbler syndrome (DAWS) at two sites. The dog presented with two-year history of ataxia-tetraparesis treated with activity restriction and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory therapy, and with 3 days history of acute tetraplegia. The MRI (T-2 weighted sagittal view) (A), showed two sites of spinal cord compression: one recent at C6-C7 most likely responsible for the acute presentation; and one chronic at C5-C6. The chronicity of the C5-C6 was suggested by the intraspinal signal hyperintensity (white patch), which indicates gliosis (intraspinal scar).
Sonny was surgically treated with ventral decompression and artificial disc implantation at both affected sites. Immediate post-operative radiograph shows a well-seated implant and an adequate distraction at the treated spaces. (B)

Sonny became ambulatory 3 days post-surgery and regained a normal neck posture, which had lost when he started having the first neurologic problem two years earlier. (C)

Sonny had a full neurologic recovery and regained his full exercise activity 3 months post-surgery. At 7 months follow up, without any analgesic or anti-inflammatory therapy, Sonny’s neurologic status continued to be normal. Owner also reported that Sonny participated at dog shows and that no one could even imagine that he was affected for long time by “wobbler” syndrome in the past.