How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Ask a Dog Veterinarian

Dr. John
Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 4081
Experience:  Over 12 years of clinical veterinary experience
11664588
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
characters left:
2 Dog Veterinarians are Online Now

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
< Last | Next >
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
  • He answered my question promptly and gave me accurate, detailed information. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here. Diane Dallas, TX
 
 
 

Wobbler Disease in Dogs

What is wobbler disease in dogs?

Cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM) also known as wobblers disease. Normally, wobbler disease may affect the cervical spine that may be located at the neck. In some cases this disease may affect larger breeds of dogs instead of the smaller breeds. Wobblers’ disease may be the force being applied to the spinal cord and the roots of the nerves. The compression of the nerves and the spinal cord may cause a dog to have neurological pain or symptoms; this may make a dog begin to wobble when it walks. For more information regarding wobbler disease in dogs such as how does a dog obtain wobbler disease, can a dog become paralyzed from wobbler disease and how this disease is diagnosed. Read below where an Expert has answered many questions relating to wobblers disease.

How much will it cost to have a surgical operation done in order to heal wobbler disease?

The cost of surgery for wobbler disease may depend on where in the world the dog is located. In the United States, normally the cost for surgery may be around $3,000 to $5,000. These prices usually include medications, the operation its self and after care for the dog. If the dog is located outside the United States, the cost may be somewhat more expensive or even lower. Typically, if the price is lower, the vet may not include the mediation and after care.

What could cause a dog to have weakness in the hind legs and sensitivity in the spine? Sometimes the dog trips over from not picking up their front legs, as not wanting to put pressure on the hind legs.

There may be several different conditions that could cause a dog to have these symptoms. One of the first diseases that may come to a vets mind may be wobbler disease. Normally, this disease may attack a dog’s spinal cord by compressing the nerves severely, which in return could affect the ability to walk. In some cases if the symptoms are severe the dog may need surgery. Now if wobbler disease is ruled out hip dysplasia may be a possibility, usually this may only affect the back legs. Surgery may be necessary if the case is severe enough.

Could a large dog that strains to pass a bowel movement and the feces are the size of rat feces, have wobbler disease?

Usually a dog that has to strain to have a bowel movement and the feces are very small if any at all may have a blockage in the intestines. The dog may need to be taken to a vet and have an abdominal x-ray. This problem probably is not wobbler disease; the reason may be due to the fact that wobbler disease is more of a neurological illness. Wobbler disease may affect the spine rather than the abdomen.

Could a neck brace help heal wobbler disease instead of surgery?

In some situations a vet may not advise the use of a neck brace to help heal wobbler disease. The reason may be because the brace may act as a pivot and cause more damage, rather than helping the dog. That is not to say that the brace won’t help. There may also be cases where neck brace has actually help the dog.

Wobbler disease may not be a very common disease; however it may affect the larger breeds of dogs. This disease may cause a dog serious pain and discomfort; there may be several ways to treat the pain. Some owners may not be able to afford surgery so there is an acupuncture and gold bead treatment that may help the dog. For more information over wobbler disease in dogs such as, how does acupuncture help a dog with wobbler disease and can a dog become paralyzed from wobbler disease. Contact an Expert for answers to these questions and several others.

Ask a Dog Veterinarian

Dr. John
Dr. John, Texas Veterinarian
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 4081
Experience:  Over 12 years of clinical veterinary experience
11664588
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
characters left:
2 Dog Veterinarians are Online Now

How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Dog Veterinarians are online & ready to help you now

Ron
ASE Certified Technician
Satisfied Customers: 21599
23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
Dr. Y.
Urologist
Satisfied Customers: 18606
I am fellowship trained specializing in general urology and reconstructive urology.
John
Home Appliance Technician
Satisfied Customers: 13453
Appliance repair business owner for over 43 years.

Recent Wobbler Questions

  • My dog is having trouble pooping the last 24 hours. his last

    My dog is having trouble pooping the last 24 hours. his last stool was somewhat runny, normal in color. hes tried going since, just keeps squatting and nothing comes out. he is eating and drinking normally. fresh water is available 24hrs. what can i do to help him.
  • I have a black lab mix 11yr. old dog. She has a history of

    I have a black lab mix 11yr. old dog. She has a history of back leg problems with both being operated on. Recently she started laying down on short walks. I also noticed one leg angled slightly out more than other from the back. Vet took exrays. Her knee is bone on bone. She had already been on Metacam. He added tramadol and gabapentin. Babe started vomiting and had liquid bloody stools in which she was hospitalized for. She was taken off all pain meds. She did recover. Normal stools. Babe is now not mobile. Metacam has been resumed. I would like to add back another pain medicine. Do you recommend tramadol first or gabapentin? Did meds cause her illness?
  • Hi Dr. Andy, I have a 16yr old Westie...gets her anal gands cleaned every 6wks...after 2

    Hi Dr. Andy,
    I have a 16yr old Westie...gets her anal gands cleaned every 6wks...after 2-3 day she smells awful anla are is black in color....last 3 days he has been out then comes in and poops all over. I think she is on her last leg?
< Last | Next >
View More Dog Veterinary Questions