The great and is the fastest growing breed of dogs. They do not have a standardized reference rate of growth as it may vary. However, the rapid growth of the breed has a negative effect on the health. Due to the rapid growth of the bones and the spinal cord may turn weak therefore the there is a significant staggering tendency in the dogs. As a result of the rapid growth, the dog as a whole may turn weak. to bring in one word the disease occurring in mostly the tall breeds characterized by the malformation of the cervical vertebrate is termed as wobble disease. However, the disease is not only specified among the dogs it has been broadened to the breeds of horses as well.
CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF THE WOOBLE DISEASE:
The wobble disease is generally characterized by the intervertebral disc protrusion, disorders in the interspinal ligaments. it is also referred to as cervical spondylopathy and cervical vertebral malformation. the disease is characterized by the spinal cord compression, followed by increased stress at c4 and c6. The first symptom of the disease is dragging the legs, ataxia and a greater level of weakness. The dog is observed to have a drooping stature with neck falling down. The pain is acute and it increases with the time passing by. The first diagnosis is made through the magnetic resonance imaging and the possible condition of the dog is marked. By tallying the condition the best possible treatment opts for the dog.
DIAGNOSIS OF WOBBLER DISEASE:
To track the possible;e signs of the wobble disease, the very first thing to be done is an x-ray and following up the behavioral pattern of the dog. If the dog showing abnormal behavioral, profuse sweating in the upper portion, stiffening of the body, a sense of defensiveness. The decrease of the physical activity, an abnormal way of standing and pain around the neck you may have the suspicion of the wobbler disease. Further confirmation can be made by an x-ray, nuclear scintigraphy. You get to observe the narrowing of the vertebral column creating immense pressure on the neck as a result of which the dog faces the difficulty in standing straight. The bones x-ray do show the thining and weakening of the bone demanding the possible medical attention to prevent the worst.
To concludes, the great dane has a comparatively higher chance of getting the wonder disease, if you being the owner of the great dane, it is advised to have a regular check-up of the dog and do have a regular observance in the regular behavioral pattern of it. If you find any of the above-mentioned symptoms in your dog do take it to the veteran without giving a second thought. As it may turn fatal if been overlooked as this disease only gets worse by every passing day. Apart from that the one prevention that can be taken is that maximum rest to the dog keeping in mind that the dog does not give stress to the spinal cord and neck.