Wobblers syndrome or something else???????

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Hi everyone,

I guess im looking for answers after losing my little girl Luna ( 2 & a half year old Doberman

I noticed Luna holding her back leg off the ground when she got up from the sofa about a week ago I assumed she had cramp & would massage her leg until she placed it back on the floor. This went on for a week until Friday morning she was struggling to rise, then when she did she collapsed...I immediately took Luna to the PDSA & the vet asked me to walk her up & down the corridor where we noticed she was walking very stiff on both back legs. The vet gave her a antiinflammortory injection & medicine to take home...I made sure Luna rested up for the day in her bed & took her food & drink over to her which she did not want. Saturday morning Luna could no longer get up at all & her front legs were very stiff...again I called the PDSA & they told me just to let her rest...I stayed up until 2am Saturday night with her & when I woke at 7am she could no longer move her head & her eyes were set back in her head...I rushed Luna back to the PDSA & they kept her in as she was dehydrated & not at all responsive....Luna was given antiinflammortories & steroids.

I was told her symptoms were that of the wobblers syndrome & that to be sure it was she needed a mri scan, unfortunately that was something I couldnt afford to pay for & was also advised that Luna was too poorly to have an operation even if it was wobblers ;-(

Monday Luna was given an xray but nothing showed any problems & she was deteriating fast....I recieved the phone call at 8am Tuesday morning to say Luna was struggling to breathe....I then had to make a quick decission on putting Luna to sleep....I couldnt even see her one last time due to the urgency of the phone call...I could not allow Luna to struggle for breath waiting for me to arrive, I guess I was lucky I visited her on the Monday & I kind of knew that would be the last time I would see her again ;-(

The thing is I cant get my head round how quick she deterated & still not knowing what she actually had, so I guess im looking for anyone who has had any similar experiences with their babies.

I have been googling wobblers syndrome but never heard of a dog dying from it!!!

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I am very sorry for your loss. I have limited knowledge of wobblers so others may have more insight. However, I was a vet tech and it does sound unusual that wobblers would be the cause of that fast of a deterioration. It sounds more like it could have been a disease causing spinal inflammation. I am really replying more because I know how shocking it can be to lose one of your babies so quickly and be at a loss of what happened and whether you made the right choices. I had a cat who seemed perfectly fine one day and then the next he was in congestive heart failure from cardiomyopathy. I treated him at a big hospital in Boston but he went downhill so fast there really was not much we could do. Anyway, my heart goes out to you. I know it can be difficult to process but remember you do the best you can with what's in front of you and sometimes it is just out of your control to know why. Hang in there.

Kim
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I too am so sorry for your loss. I lost one of my Dobes in less than 24 hours, (cardio) and it's just shocking.

One of my Dobes had Wobbler's back when there wasn't much known about it - all the vet knew was that he had vertebrae in his neck that were pinched. For Kipper, it showed up as lameness and limping on the front legs, and it was slowly progressive. I finally resorted to walking him on a leash so he wouldn't run because it got so much worse when he did. Before it got really bad, I lost him to cardio as well.

So I'm curious about the diagnosis too. It sounds more like something a lot more uncommon. Maybe some of the more knowledgable folks here will chime in.

Welcome to the forum - I'm sorry it's the loss of your girl that brought you here.

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That is a sad story, what you have described sounds like shifting leg lameness..

I'm sure this was Lyme disease. It is very common in Australia through September and November.

It starts with a stiff leg and if left untreated ends in respiratory failure.

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/infectious-parasitic/c_dg_lyme_disease

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Hi Andrew,

Thank you for your post, the vets & I actually looked into that possabilty too, but all 3 of my Dobies were given Advantix & I was very regimental with it too as we lived in Spain...I must add I rescued Luna in Spain when she was 1 year old & the vet thought it could be something tropical...We came back to the UK in November & my other 2 are fine??

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Thank you Leslieak for your kind words & knowledge....I too am sorry to hear you had such an awful experience with your cat, its never easy when you lose a loved one...I think I would feel better knowing exactly what she had as Im thinking all sorts of weird things at the moment.....I keep going over every thing a hundred times thinking how did I miss that it was going to happen...was she in pain, although the vet said she was in no pain....Im swaying more to a problem with her back as the Friday night when she stood up she turned & I heard a crack from her rear....I dont know Im surmissing....hopefully I will hear of someone elses experience with this ;-(

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Hi Kim,

I just dont understand it...one minute limping..next paralyised within a matter of a few days....I am sorry for your loss too hun, its heart breaking isnt it.....Thank you for welcoming me too ;-)

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Lunarbeam, I am so sorry for your loss.   I hope someone can help explain what happened to her, so that we all may learn from this.   Know that my heart goes out to you.  

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Thank you Fargo'smom x

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Welcome to the forum, we would have loved to not have to say RIP Luna.

Our hearts go out to you in your time of heartbreak, cannot imagine loosing a furbaby so young or so quickly.

she is whole and happy at Rainbow Bridge, will wait there for you, playing in the Happy Hunting grounds  

 

Julia 

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Thank you Julia......I have a lovely picture of Luna on my shelf, draped over her frame is her collar & I will be receiving her ashes next week so that brings me some comfort x

Does not sound like wobblers - I'm sorry for your loss. 

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Oh my so sorry for your loss!!! since you adopted and she might have something tropical keep in mind she could have gotten the lyme disease before you got her......that description of lameness and then respiratory failure sounds like her progression.....and it is always pertinent to remember that giving preventives are just that "preventive" measures they are in no way a guarantee, they are not called cures or anything close, they are to keep our babies as safe as possible but it is not impossible to get heartworm while on heartworm preventive, to get fleas while on preventive so it is possible to get ticks while on prevention. Since Fitz dropped in and said it didn't sound like wobbler's along with others I would seriously consider something else as the cause......


No matter what it was it was a terrible experience and not being able to say goodbye I am sure hurts your heart terribly.....I hope you find some peace and know that you did what you could with such an urgent phone call. I am still grieving the loss of my rottweiler suddenly one night, he was chewing his nylabone having a great time and 2 hours later he was gone.....it never seems like the right time.......

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What a sad way to welcome you to this Forum.. I am so sorry for your heartbreak. What a shock it had to have been.

Prayers for peace with the pain.

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lex and danielleI know I am reading this a bit late. I wanted to add a story of my lex. One day perfectly fine. He jumped off the bed and all went south. After re exam of ex rays it turned out to be a slipped lumbar dusk.  Vet said if we hadn't started a strong steroid shot when we did we would've lost him. We are 4 moths out now and making slow progress. We walk on our own but knuckle and look "butt drunk". He isn't in pain but just looks awkward.   The decision to let them go is as hard as a human. I will send your baby our love and hope that it doesn't deture you from more pups.  Our family's heart goes you yours!  Licks and cuddles, 

  Lex and Bane

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  omg so so sorry for you an your baby the story made me cry instantly.will be praying for your comfort in knowing she is fine now in doggie heaven.