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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.



1. Denise - August 31, 2008

We are contemplating gold bead implants as an alternative to ventral slot decompression surgery. Is this something you’ve considered as opposed to accupuncture?
I wish you the very best with your beautiful girl.
Our young male (Viper) just turned 3 and has shown some signs of Wobbler’s over the last year or so and then had a sudden paresis which was first misdiagnosed as a seizure. Over the last 2 weeks we have had him diagnosed as having Wobbler’s. An MRI clearly shows the compression at C6, C7. We are researching non-surgical alternatives before making our decision.

2. critcalmass - September 1, 2008

We tried implants several years ago, with poor results. Perhaps they have bettered the technique in your country. Talk to as many vets as you can including ones who do implants. Good luck with Viper!

3. Juan - September 15, 2008

Hola Maria, te comento que tengo un dobermann con el mismo problema que el tuyo, pero vivo en Argentina, y aqui la homeopatia veterinaria es casi inexistente.
Si podes contactate conmigo que me gustaria hacerte unas preguntas ( mi mail es lagrimadeoro@hotmail.com , si tenes msn agregame). muchas gracias .


4. Denise McKay - September 7, 2009

Hello Maria;

I hope Titi has made a recovery. Please email and let me know what happened.
Viper is doing well. September 15 will be one year since he had the gold bead implants. They were done by Dr. Terry Durkes of the Durkes Animal Hospital in Marion, Indiana, USA. When Viper came out of surgery he was able to wag his tail for the first time in his life. His gait was immediately better and he got progressively better over the next year. He is not 100% normal but is living comfortably and he’s happy. (That’s the most important thing).

Denise McKay

5. sandrar - September 10, 2009

Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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