Wob­bly walker needed surgery

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

WHEN Celia Treloar’s 16month-old great dane started walk­ing funny, she thought he was just lanky and goofy. But then he couldn’t walk at all.

“He needed an MRI and CT scan and it showed one of his discs was press­ing on the nerves caus­ing in­flam­ma­tion and he had not con­trol over his legs. At one point the house

was decked out in anti- slip mats,” the 32-year old from Grays Point said.

Jasper had what is called Wob­bler’s Syn­drome, a prob­lem that can hap­pen in the giant breed.

“It looked like he had been out drink­ing all night, he’s re­ally wob­bly, if he turns quickly he falls over” spe­cial­ist small an­i­mal sur­geon Dr Sarah Goldsmid said.

Tricky spinal surgery relieved the pres­sure and Jasper could walk just two hours later. Now he’s up and run­ning and en­joy­ing life in his back­yard, but the fix cost $14,000.

“Luck­ily we had in­sur­ance, they cov­ered most of it, but he was worth it. I’m ex­pect­ing a baby in Jan­uary, but he’s our first child,” Ms Treloar said.

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