Wobblers Home Test
Our Wobblers home test is often used by Veterinarians to check for canine body awareness.
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This Wobblers home test is a simple procedure used by many Veterinarians when Wobblers disease is suspected.
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Further, this test is often used in conjunction with additional procedures, "tests", including a sway test, as well as, physical manipulation of a canines body, more specifically, the head and neck.
Poor results DO NOT indicate you have a dog suffering from Wobblers Syndrome. Any such diagnoses should be made by a licensed Veterinary practitioner, DVM.
Wobblers Home Test
With this home test we are looking to see if our Dane is aware of its body position.
Grab a friend to help you to maneuver your Dane up close to a wall......
Fido needs to be standing and stay steady, we've found that a wall works wonderful:)
Lean against your Dane, gently pressing him/her against the wall, all the while keeping things normal and calm.
Lift a rear paw and turn it down, similar to you trying to touch beneath your wrist with your fingers...really curl it under.
Now place the rear paw back on the floor...
Did it right itself?
Your Dane should correct this "knuckling over" position in about 1 to 2 seconds.
The faster the better, 1 second great, 1.5 seconds O.K., 2 seconds may have lurking coordination issues, you get the picture.
Try the test and make a note of the time it takes your Dane to correct this unnatural paw position.
Remember, all Danes are different and will respond at different times. For instance, a petite female will most certainly correct the paw faster than a huge cumbersome male.
Performing this Wobblers home test multiple times, over a period of three or four weeks, will also help you assess if coordination is deteriorating, or improving.
Best of luck :)
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