Observations on a series of 38 cases (35 Doberman Pinschers and three Great Danes) of the canine wobbler syndrome are described. Radiographic examinations suggested that the primary lesion is an intervertebral instability at C6/7, but with time, secondary changes of the disc degeneration and prolapse and vertebral body malformation causing stenosis of the vertebral canal occur. Cases detected at a young age and showing only the primary lesion were treated successfully, by disc fenestration alone or by disc fenestration and intervertebral screwing. The success rate in older cases with secondary lesions was poor and in this type of case, cord decompression by dorsal laminectomy appears necessary.
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