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Help Mozart Get Life-saving Spinal Surgery

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Please help us save Mozart! Doberman Assistance Rescue and Education (DAR&E) are raising funds to cover Mozart's medical expenses. Please consider donating and sharing with your friends and family.

Meet Mozart - a 5 year old Doberman Pinscher. He came to the rescue after his owner's landlord passed and they were forced to move and couldn't bring Mozart with them. DAR&E then determined he was heartworm-positive. Mozart spent months in treatment and recovery and we thought he was ready to start his forever life. But then Mozart was diagnosed with Wobbler Syndrome (Cervical spondylomyopathy). Wobblers is instability in the vertebrae of the neck which causes spinal cord compression. In Dobermans, we tend to see C5 to C7 vertebrae affected, and in Mozart it is between C6 and C7. This disease tends to be gradually progressive. Wobblers affects Dobermans (50% of Wobblers cases) and Great Danes most commonly and about 5.5% of Dobermans have Wobblers.

Now Mozart needs surgery to repair a disc in his spinal column. Specifically, Mozart needs a new surgical treatment where an artificial disc is placed in place of the affected disc space. In preparation for this surgery, a number of other tests have been done: echocardiogram to make sure his heart could handle surgery (since he just recovered from heart worms), blood work, MRI, and Von Willebrand disease (VWD) test (a clotting disease common in Dobermans). As you can imagine, these tests and this surgery are very expensive.

DAR&E is partnering with Veterinary Neurology and Imaging of the Chesapeake and Dr. Jay McDonnell to get Mozart the surgery he needs. Dr. McDonnell is well-known for his work on Wobbler's disease.

Mozart deserves to be saved - not just because his life is precious, but because Mozart is a wonderful dog with a lot of life in him. He loves everyone - people, other dogs, cats. He wants to run and play but he isn't able to. The neurologist said after reviewing his MRI results that he can't believe Mozart is still walking. Despite the seriousness of this disease, Dr. McDonnell feels he has an excellent chance of a full recovery. Without the surgery, Mozart will deteriorate and has months to live.

This dog has a lot of fight in him. Let's help him recover so that he can live the life he deserves. Your donation will make such a difference.


  • Anonymous
    • $20 
    • 4 yrs

Fundraising team (2)

Hannah Clancy-Thompson
Silver Spring, MD
Doberman Assistance Rescue And
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
Ruth Shearer
Team member

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