Treating Wobbler's Syndrome

The Angell Neurology team has experienced significant success using ventrally-placed locking bone plate technology for surgical cervical stabilization of large breed dogs affected with dynamic and static stenosis forms of cervical vertebral instability (Wobbler Syndrome). This condition most commonly occurs in Doberman, Rottweiler and Great Dane dogs. However, older Dalmatians are also commonly affected. The success rate of correcting a dog’s abnormal gait with this method has been quite high. Most dogs are able to go home to the owners within 24 hours of surgery with improvement in clinical signs becoming evident within just a few days after surgery.

Allen Sisson, DVM, MS, DACVIM and AvrilArendse, DVM, DACVIM of Angell’s Neurology service work collaboratively to provide optimal care in the diagnosis and treatment of small animal neurological diseases. They diagnose and treat a wide range of both medically and surgically treated neurological diseases affecting veterinary patients including seizure disorders, vestibular disease, intervertebral disc disease, encephalitis, vertebral malformations and instability, brain tumors and neuromuscular diseases like myasthenia gravis. Commonly used diagnostic aids include evaluation of radiographs, cerebrospinal fluid analysis, MRI and CT scans, myelograms, and electrodiagnostic testing which includes evaluating nerve conduction velocities as well as other electrophysiologic parameters.

For more information or to refer clients to the Neurology Service at Angell, please call Lisa Canale at 617 541-5140, e-mail or visit