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My 9.5 boy has wobblers. Om steroids. 20mg every other day. Should I do 10 mg every day or isot better everother day?
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It's always best to do as your veterinarian prescribes.
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What steroid? Prednisone?

We have a senior that has been on Pred (or a derivative) his entire life due to a congenital CVI issue since he was a pup.

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There are some Doberman health forums on Facebook - however, no one here is a vet and none of us have seen your dog..... so giving you veterinary advice would not be in your best interest.

I would ask what tests were done to confirm a diagnosis of wobblers? Too many vets look at any Doberman displaying possible wobblers symptoms and jump on a diagnosis without any real definitive tests. That said, the only real way to diagnose wobblers is with either an MRI or a milogram - both of which are very expensive. There are other possibilities - such as a blown or bulging disk.
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Yeah... Wobbler's diagnosis.

Several years ago, my recommended spinal surgeon quoted $2500 for a Myelogram. We have decent canine insurance (Embrace), yet the rep explained to me that hey would only reimburse if the results were used in a definitive positive diagnosis resulting in a treatment program.

Fortunately, my boy's symptoms quickly abated and was ultimately attributed to a minor trauma.

Had they not, I would have gone through with the procedure. But, that is chunk of change.

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Update on Mojo- He is now doing 10 mg of pred daily and 100 mg of gabapentin at night. Initially they had him on 20 mg 2x day and we are down to 10 mg once a day. Still has a lot of weakness in his hind legs. Have bought some belly bands for him in the house so no accidents, since the pred makes him lose control and pees whenever. Hope I can keep him from going downhill too fast. Vet said maybe it won't progress too fast. We live in the Virgin Islands and there is no vet here that does MRI's. Would have to fly him stateside and that is a huge hassle in itself since airlines don't like to fly "aggressive breeds" and the heat is another factor. So we will treat without a MRI. Amy other suggestions that might help my boy?
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Update on Mojo- We are managing with vet advice of lowering pred to 10 mg daily and 100 mg of gabapentin at night. Hopefully we can slow the progress of this disease. To respond to a post, unfortunately we live in the Virgin Islands and there is no vet that can do a MRI. We would have to fly him to the states and that itself is a issue. Airlines don't want to fly Dobermans and the heat this time of the year. We are treating as wobblers. Hopefully we have a little more time with him as he is not ready to go! He doesn't seem in pain, but due to the pred, he has lost some bladder control. Bought these belly bands for males dogs and they work wonders! ( Like a diaper) He still has issues getting up off the floor or his bed. We have tile and it is slippery so have put rugs down for his traction. Any other suggestions to help him is much appreciated.
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Feeling a lot of compassion for you right now. Thank you for keeping us updated. Positive vibes and hugs sent your way.

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So sorry to hear. Have you looked into Goldic injections? There was a member here who had a dog with CVI who had success with this treatment if I remember.
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Yes.. I have one for your slippery floors. We have a dog (now a senior) who was born with a congenital CVI issue. While not actually "Wobblers" the symptoms presented like Wobblers and progressed rapidly. He became increasing unstable. His prognosis was very poor.

Still... Long story short: We did everything possible. Surgery, meds, Laser therapy, alternative procedures. After about a year, he was about 90% back to normal. It was not cheap, but it was worth every penny.

His paws, however, were an issue for that year of recovery. On walks he dragged his feet causing damage. In the house (we have waxed Saltillo terra-cotta tile thought the house), he slipped and slid on the slick floors.

Here was our solution: Booties. Specifically Ruffwear boots like these:

https://ruffwear.com/products/grip-t...SABEgLzWvD_BwE

They worked very well.

Best to you and your boy

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Edit to say: Dogs often look a little clumsy when they first star to wear boots. They get used to it vey quickly.

We also used a ruffwear utility vest with a handle on top. It really helped getting him up, into the car, etc.

Also he has been on Pred or a derivative his entire life. We stoped the Gabapentin early on because is only seemed to exacerbate his symptoms and pain was not really an issue.

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Would definitely look into getting a good harness like 4 x 4 suggested. It will help with getting him around without putting more stress on his neck. Also - booties are a suggestion for slippery floors. A lot of people buy cheap throw rugs for high traffic areas to keep dogs with wobblers from slipping.

I get the fact that you live in an area that does not have the high tech diagnostic tools - so you have to do the best you can with what you do have available. It seems like your vet is trying their best to keep your boy comfortable.

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My boy was 7 and a half when he first began to show signs of wobblers. He was medically managed and the conditions was slowly progressive until he had an acute worsening at the age of 11.5 years (surgery was pursued at that point...after which he developed cancer...ugh). Up until that point he had a rough wear harness, we had runners anywhere the floor was slick, and we made ramps to help him get up and down (no stairs if possible). The most important thing is to keep them safe and prevent falls or sudden movements. Aqua therapy can be good for dogs who have difficulty moving around appropriately.
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