Adverse Disorder in Animals: Canine Down Syndrome

Canine Down Syndrome

What is Canine Down Syndrome?
The wobblers disease is a term that veterinarians use when trying to explain what the animal is actually doing. In Canine Down Syndrome, the areas C1 and C2 sometimes really messed up and we end up with bones woofing up with one another producing a neurological difference in the spinal cord. It is a condition either trauma related or congenital, where one or more discs in the spine are compressed affecting the way signals move from the brain to other parts of the body. The communication lime has been damaged so to speak.

Canine Down Syndrome in Horses

They cause the back end of the horse and causes the horse to wobble. That’s why it is termed as Canine Wobblers disease by veterinarians.

Canine Down Syndrome in Dogs

When we see a dog that has a wobbling like condition, in veterinary medicine that must be Canine Down Syndrome. However, in the canine the problem in this situation is totally different. It’s actually C5 and C6 in this situation. In this condition, rings are pressed at the base of the neck. The spinal cord goes through these vertical segment which get unstable due to wobbling. These dogs which are relatively young as they move around their head, they put pressure on their neck. The pressure on neck then puts pressure on the spinal cord and the ventral lateral aspects of the spinal cord, areas down the neck put pressure on rubrospinal cord. The rubrospinal cord starts from head to legs and it effect the legs of the dog directly. They suffer from inability to move, bleeding in toes etc. Adjusting devices are used to reestablish neurological functions. Spasm is removed from the muscles which surround the spinal cord and relax to the point where they can actually get some pressure off and start healing.

Canine Down Syndrome

Symptoms of Canine Down Syndrome

• In the majority of cases the disease presents with the dog standing with their back end lower to the ground due to weakness.
• They usually drag their back feet, causing their nails to wear down and bleed or the tops of their toes to get sore.
• They may have trouble getting up.

• Medical management usually consists of the use of anti inflammatory drugs with restricted activity.
• Surgery is an alternate option
• Acupuncture and cold laser therapy.

We can never get a definitive diagnosis from Canine Down Syndrome. A MRI is the gold standard for diagnosis which is prohibitively expensive. Series of radiographies are done which may or may not verify the disease. If a report presents with classic symptoms such as difficulty walking, inconsistence, loss of balance and pain in the neck area, they the dog is treated for Canine Down Syndrome. These dogs have to live for year under care for the treatment.

So, animals must be checked for any symptoms of Canine Down Syndrome and treated for the disease if they are diagnosed with it. They should be taken care even after treatment of the disease.