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TITI’S RECOVERY JOURNAL Part I August 15, 2008

Posted by MSW in Wobbler Syndrome.

Day 1 – Titi, a Doberman female could not walk or even move. Note in above picture the swelling around her neck and her swollen closed right eye.

Day 2 – Vet visited and gave her injections – antibiotics and cortisone. First suggestion of Wobblers Syndrome.

Day 5 – Vet came back. Titi was no better. She had no feeling in her legs and could not lift her head.

Day 6 – Vet again looked at Titi and expressed no hope of recovery.

Day 7 – New Vet conducted blood tests to rule out any other cause BUT Wobbler Syndrome. Second vet said a myelogram was not advisable due to Titi’s deteriorated condition.

A myelogram uses a special dye (contrast material) and X-rays (fluoroscopy) to make pictures of the bones and the fluid-filled space (subarachnoid space) between the bones the spine (spinal canal). A myelogram may be done to find a tumor, an infection, problems with the spine such as a herniated disc, or narrowing of the spinal canal caused by arthritis.

Day 8 –Blood test confirm by default that it is Wobbler Syndrome. An X-Ray is taken to ascertain where the damage to Titi’s neck was located and in what form it was.

Treatment commenced with the second Vet echoing the first vet appraisal of the outcome –prognosis – no hope for Titi! Antibiotics and cortisone injections. More of the same non-healing and non-progressive conventional Vet treatment.

Maria began her search for an alternative treatment.

She found on the internet a successful treatment by an acupuncture-trained Vet in California. The search then went on to find someone in Spain doing similar work. The only Vets located were in Barcelona in the north of Spain, nowhere near practical for treatment from Granada, south of Spain.

Dr. Acuña

However searching brought her to a medical practitioner and surgeon who also practiced acupuncture.

After reviewing the California Wobbler-acupuncture websites, seeing to keep the patient’s neck warmly and firmly wrapped, Maria on her own initiative made a makeshift collar for Titi.