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Sunday 9/30, My 9 year old Doberman, Norton, began acting like he was in pain and displaying some neurological issues. He was wobbly and having a hard time keeping his balance. I took him to the vet where they said it is more than likely Wobbers syndrome. Then he saw a neurologist and she said some of his behaviors are inconsistent with wobblers And maybe indicators of something in his brain. They are doing blood work, a 2 site MRI, and a spinal tap. The deposit  for only diagnostic tests is $2500. That is just to see what it is. We still have to treat so I expect a much larger bill. Wobbler is compression of the spinal cord and is very common in Dobermans. Treatment can range from something as simple as steroids to acupuncture to surgery, none are guaranteed to work.  If it is in his brain we have very few options. 
Norton has been my best friend for 9 years. I will do anything I can to give him a good life for the rest of the time he has.  I joke that he is my $11,000 dog with all the medical issues he has had, but that number is about do go up significantly. He is worth every penny. He is worth begging for help, as much as it hurts my pride. He will be seen at Upstate Veterinary Specialists and I will post bills and charges as they come in. The goal is set to $2,000 but may increase if needed. Please help me save my baby.
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From the discharge paperwork

Thank you for entrusting Norton to our care. Norton was presented for neck pain and weakness. His examination
was concerning for a lesion in his neck causing his weakness. His head-pressing was concerning for something
going on in his brain. During Norton's visit, he had an MRI of both his brain and his cervical spinal cord as well as a
cerebrospinal fluid tap. Fortunately, his brain MRI and spinal tap were normal. His cervical MRI showed a disc
herniation in his neck, which is the likely cause for his weakness and neck pain. As discussed, treatment for a
disc herniation consists of either surgical or conservative management. We are recommending conservative
management at this time. If Norton does not improve, we may recommend surgery to remove this disc
compression of his spinal cord.
The potential risks and complications associated with surgery include anesthesia risk, bleeding (rarely severe enough to
require stopping surgery and finishing a different date), persistent pain (requiring repeat imaging +/- surgery), infection,
incisional complications, and neurological deterioration. The post-operative hospital stay varies between patients, but is
typically 2-7 days, and the rest period at home is 4 weeks. An estimate for surgery is $3500-4000.
1. Gabapentin 300 mg: Give 1 capsule by mouth every 8 hours until gone. This medication is for neuropathic pain. The
most common side effect is sedation.
2. Prednisone 20 mg: Give 1 tablet by mouth every 24 hours until otherwise directed. This is a steroid. Expected side
effects include increased thirst, urination, appetite, and panting. Contact UVS if you note vomiting, diarrhea, or dark
tarry stool. Do NOT give concurrently with an NSAID (ie Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx, Previcox, aspirin etc.)
3. Diazepam 5 mg: Give 3 tablets by mouth every 8 hours until gone. This is being used for muscle relaxation. The most
common side effect is sedation.
4. Trazodone 100 mg: Give 2 tablets by mouth every 8 hours AS NEEDED for anxiety associated with crate rest. This is
an anxiolytic that will cause sedation.
No change in food is necessary, but we recommend that you reduce the amount of food offered by 25% during the
cage rest period to avoid unwanted weight gain.
Activity: For the next four weeks, Norton should be STRICTLY crate rested. This means that he is in a heavily
padded crate at all times except for when he goes outside to urinate/defecate. This crate should be large enough
for him to stand up and lie down in, but should not be large enough for him to walk back in forth or jump up in. Do
not allow him to jump onto or off of furniture or go up and down stairs. Please use a chest harness instead of a
neck collar for the remainder of Norton's life.
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UPDATE: He has tentatively been officially diagnosed with Wobblers. They are waiting for the results of the spinal tap and a review of one suspicious spot on his brain but we do know that a herniated disc is compressing his spinal cord. We are going to give him some meds and rest for a week but if he continues to worsen he will need surgery ($3,000-$4,000 and a slight possibility of paralysis) so everyone cross your fingers the meds help. The total for diagnostics was $2,818.06. Even after the neurologist apparently gave me a "Norton is the cutest" discount.
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Vet paperwork for diagnostics
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