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Desperately need help.  Bella has been diagnosed with wobblers.  Anyone have experience with this, she is on prednisilone, not working.  Also need ideas as to how I can move her around inside to outside by myself.  I am 106 lb. woman...she's 66.  Thinking maybe a wagon?  SOS....

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I'm so sorry to hear that :( From what I have read, options include management with medication, gold bead implants, and surgical correction depending on the location and severity. I have also heard that chiropractic (when safe) and acupuncture can be beneficial, although they will not solve the problem. Depending on her age and how advanced it is should help you make that determination with your vet. As far as mobility, you may want to consider a good LLC (lift/load/carry) harness for helping her. There are also hind end lifts to assist if it is only presenting in the rear legs. I would invest in a good, long ramp--the longer the ramp the less the incline--for the car as well, both for you and for her comfort. 

Best of luck to you and your girl. 

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I'm so sorry poor baby :( I would look into the the surgery as well a lot of dogs have good success with the surgery :/ I don't have experience in this I just wanted to say sorry and we are here for you.

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so sorry and wish you and your fur baby the best of luck !

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Lex suffers from a slipped disk and it resembles wobblers. I use a long thin towel at his hips and just give a bit of assistance. It takes practice!! We wish you the best!!!

has she been truly diagnosed with wobblers, or did a vet look at her symptoms and assume that it was wobblers?  Because wobblers is well known in Dobermans, some vets don't really try to rule out other issues first. The only true way to diagnose wobblers is expensive - an MRI or mylogram.... both of which usually cost $1800 +

If it really is wobblers, research gold bead implants - I know of several people who have done this with good results. There is also surgery... but it is expensive and super invasive with a long recovery. 

Someone else mentioned using a harness for helping to move her around - I don't know the names of them but you can probably find them using google. 

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There is one called "bottoms up". I haven't tried but we are looking into it. Moving a large baby is hard!  Ask your vet to show you how to sling walk while your looking for better options. We also had a vet "assume" wobblers once when lex'a hind end was sore. We opted for the waiting and some meds and for 4+ yrs we had no more symptoms. When we found the slipped disk we also found mild arthritis that was determined to be what the first problem was. Good luck and we are all thinking of you :)