We have helped many dogs with Intervertebral disc diease (IDD) and Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). Most are Dachshunds but there has been many other breeds including Rottweilers, German Shepards, Spaniels, Beagles, and of course mutts. Some have paresis (weakness) and others paralisis (can't move legs), but the great majority we get back to walking again.
In February of 2008 we started treatment on our first canine Wobber Syndrome case Bullwinkle. His story is below, but OSU was unable to help him. Bullwinkle started showing improvement after his first treatment at SAH and now he to is back to walking. YEAH!!!
Intervetebral disc diease is degenerative changes within the intervertebral discs characterized by loss of water, cellular necrosis, and calcification. Biomechanical properites of the disc detertiorate, resulting in extrusion or protrusion of disc material. Signs depend on the type of herniation, the velocity of disc contact with the spinal cord, the amount and duration of cord compression, the location, and the spinal canal/spinal cord diameter ratio (cervical vs. thoracolumbar). Hansen Type 1 refers to acute extrusion of nucleus pulposus throuh the anulus into the vertebral canal. This type usally occurs between the age of 3 and 7 years old in small chondrodystrophic breeds - Dachshunds, shih tzus, Lhaso apso, Pekingese, cocker spaniel, Welsh corgis and toy and miniature poodles. Type 1 onset may be peracute or acute and may occur during vigorous activity. Hansen Type 2 lesions involve gradual protusion (bulging) of the dorsal anular fibers into the vertebral canal. This type usally occurs in large breeds of dog with the average age 8 to 10 years old and cats 10 years old. Type 2 disease have a more insidious onset, and tend to worsen with time.
Degenerative Myelopathy is a syndrome characterized by slow, progressive degeneration of axons and myelin (coating) in the spinal cord. It is the most common cause of pelvic limb paresis in middle-aged German Sheperds and German Sheperd mixed breed. It can also affect collies, collie crosses, Labrador retrievers, Siberian huskies, Chesapeake Bay retrievers, Kerry blue terriers, Welsh corgis, and Spaniels. DM has a slow onset of bilateral (both sides) but not always symeterical mild ataxia and paresis of the hind legs only. Owners often bring their dog in for examination serval months after onset of clinical signs, suspecting arthritis. Knuckling and scuffing of the toes in the rear end are the most common complaint. Crossing over and swaying of the rear quarters often occur when patient is turning. As this process progesses the animal may lose voluntary control of urination and defecation or become incontinent. There is often muscle atrophy in the rear end. The animal do not usually act painful or in discormfort.
Before unable to stand or move hind legs. After treatments back to normal!!!
Bryn Daniels on the Testimonials page is another example of an older dog walking better with holistic treatment, were regular medicine did not help.
Had 2 back surgeries in 3 month shortly before first visit to SAH. He still was not walking well and in pain. Jackpot responced great with his holistic treatments and back to normal quickly.
Jackpot also made a special apperance at Dr Snell's Christmas Eve Dinner Party 2006 because he had a seizure. No seizure since knot on wood.
When I first found out about Dr Snell it was through a friend Toni Gossard. Jackpot a 3 1/2 yr old dachshund had 2 back surgeries in 3 months in 2006. One night he was in the living room playing, and I heard him yip, and I knew something was wrong. Jackpot was having a hard time walking again, and I knew there was no more trips to Med Vet in Columbus.
I got a hold of Toni, and she done some research, and found Dr Snell , and that when ours life's changed I felt more at ease knowing there is a vet that does chiropractic care on animals, and it works if you don"t wait, and get your pet to her as soon as something happens, it doesn't matter if it is a holiday or not if she can be reach she will help you.
Dr Snell and Denise are caring people, they get to know your pet, and they want your pet to feel comfortable with them before they start the treatment on your pet.
When I hear of a pet having back problems I tell the owner about Dr Snell. You don"t have to put them to sleep and you don't have to have surgery if you get it in time
I can't say enough about Dr Snell's chiropractic and holistic treatments how they have help Jackpot. Jackpot and I are very lucky to have such a wonderful caring Vet and Staff to help us when we need it.
I want to say Thank You very much for getting Jackpot back up on 4 legs and walking again.
Tammy Romick and Jackpot
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MacGregor's Drive In Service.
I noticed a distinct improvement in Ebony when I took her for a walk after we got home. She definitely was strolling more like a real dog. We will definitely have to have more therapy for her.
Bowling Green, OH
"WOBBLER SYNDROME (CERVICAL VERTEBRAL INSTABILITY) encompasses compressive spinal cord lesions affecting the cervical spine. In the large and giant breeds the lession is usally in the caudal neck with C5-6 and C6-7 being primarily involved. This may be disk related or vertbral related. The disk related types is seen in mature Doberman pinschers and some small breeds like chicuahua. This type arisies from type 2 disk herniation with accompanying vertebral ligamentous hypertrophy, presumably caused by joint instability. The verebral related types are seen in young Great Danes. This type arisies from developmental abnormalities causing malformation and malarticulation of the verebral column and all cervical joints may be affected.
General signs are highly variable, depending on the degree of compression and duration of lesion include the following. Variable neck pain. Difficulty rising to a standing posture. Variable muscle atropy, especially in forelimbs. Worn toenails. Ataxia - involves all four limbs, but to a less degree in the forelimbs; normal, decreased, or absent postural reactions in all limbs. Pain perception usually intact.
Expected course and prognosis:
Acute- immediate agessive treatment neccary for best outcome.
Chronic progressive- the earlier surgery is perormed, the better the outcome; paralyzed patients often cannot be helped." form The 5 - Minute Veterinary Consult Canine and Feline Third Edition editor Drs. Tilley and Smith .
Good thing we at SAH are willing to look outside, around, over, under, and through the BOX of traditional veterinary medicine.
In the following case as well as all cases, we can not guaratee that every patient is going to improve and/or be cured with our holistic treatments.
This owner had the same belief as us.
If it may help the patient and does not harm them, then why not try it!!!!
This is Bullwinkle's Story made as short as I can, he is a 4.5 year old Doberman on 1/28/08 he woke up in the morning unable to stand on his own his rear legs were unable to support him and his front legs were weak, I rushed him to our "regular vet" that morning and he made arangements for us to take him to Ohio State Vet Hospital which we did that same morning. On 1/29/08 he underwent a Myelogram, CT Scan, Echocardiogram, Thoracic Radiographs(x-rays) he suffered a seizure from the dye used in the Myelogram, He was also found to have an underactive Thyroid (he weighed 117.4 lbs when we took him in) I won't use all the medical terms for is diagnosis he has a condition known as Wobblers it's an instability in the neck vertabrae which causes weakness first in the rear legs and can move to the front legs. after 2 days in the hospital down there with nothing being done to help him. I picked him up against medical advice on 1/31/08 at that time he was unable to stand and had to be carried on 2/2/08 (that was a Saturday) he had his first appointment with Dr. Sandy Snell she treated him the the back of our Jeep Liberty in her parking lot she did a VOM and Acu treatment and to our suprise he pushed himself up on his front legs when we got home (he had not walked or even stood on his front legs in 4 days) the next week she treated him 3 times (M.W.F) and on Friday we took him back to Ohio State and he walked into the hospital with just a leash under his back legs to help him, The following week he went on Monday and Saturday for VOM and Acu and on Wendsday he started walking on his own. The Vets at Ohio State did not give us much hope for him this prognosis was only fair to guarded (about 30-40%) that he would walk if they did sugery to stablize his neck. The testing alone at Ohio State was more than $2800.00 and the sugery was estimated to cost another $5000.00-7000.00 I myself have 3 hernaited disc in my lower back and chose to do alternative therapy and was told by the medical community that I would not last 6 months without the sugery (its been 17 years still no sugery and have been medication free for over 10 years now) I just thank God that we found Dr. Sandy Snell Our regular vet is almost in disbelief that he is even walking. I know that some may not belive this and I almost can't belive it myself, but if it can work for people why would it not work for animals?? As with your own health care question what you are told by Doctors, they like to think they know it all but they don't. All I can say is THANK YOU to everyone at Sycamore Vet Hospital. You have given us hope that he will only continue to improve.
Brian Eilrich and Bullwinkle (aka Mr. Moose)
March 23 (Easter Sunday), 2008
We have so much to be thankful for this Easter Bullwinkle is now walking on his own using a ramp to get in and out of the house and Jeep and has even started greeting me at the door when I come home from work.(something he has not done in months) and he is turning into my shadow again (he's back to following me around the house to see what I'm doing) we know he is not cured and that the treatments will be ongoing but the progress he's made in just the last 7 weeks is AMAZING. I'm doing what I can to spread the word about Dr. Snell and Sycamore Animal Hospital and the benifits of alternative therapy. Again I must say THANK YOU and urge others to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX if it's not going to hurt them why not try it.
Brian Eilrich and Bullwinkle (aka Mr. Moose) and his brother Rocky, Duke (cocker spaniel) Natasha (the cat)
10.17.08 Well fall is here and its been a great summer for Bullwinkle I would say he is 90% recovered and I'm happy with that now that the video is on the web we will just have to wait and see but I think that any owner of an animal with wobblers should try VOM and Accupuncture before sugery and the video shows what a difference it can make. You know if your dog can't get up he ain't faking it and after 4 days at Ohio State Vet Hospital he was unable to stand or walk and look at him now.