Wobbly walker needed surgery
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.