Wobbler Syndrome in Dogs

Wobbler syndrome is more properly called cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM).  It is caused by a compression of the spinal cord at the cervical vertebrae.  It is common in large and giant dogs.  The term wobblers describes the characteristic wobbly gate caused by the damage to the spine.
Disk slippage between vertebra and or bony malformation in a narrowed vertebral canal can cause…

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Tick Paralysis

Ticks carry many diseases and should be kept off your pet if at all possible.  However, sometimes dogs, especially those that go into wooded areas, get bitten by a tick.  One problem that is caused by ticks is tick paralysis.
Tick paralysis is caused by the female of certain species of ticks.  These ticks have a potent toxin in their salvia. …

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Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is also referred to as water on the brain.  The ventricles that are next to the spinal cord are expanded due to an excess of spinal fluid.  It may involve both sides of the brain or only one side of the brain.  It may involve the entire ventricle system, or only part of it next to an obstruction.  The…

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