Asked by: Arlean Venhofen
asked in category: General Last Updated: 25th February, 2020

What causes wobblers in horses?

The exact cause of wobbler syndrome in horses is unknown. It is believed that the syndrome is caused by genetic pre- disposition, feeding excessive amounts of energy and other nutrients, rapid growth, physical trauma, decreased copper/ increased zinc levels, or a combination of these factors.

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Moreover, what causes wobblers syndrome in horses?

Causes of CVM or Wobblers Wobblers may be caused by compression or malformation of the spine in the neck that makes the animal stiff and uncoordinated. The horse may be born with a predisposition or there may be a nutritional connection or injury.

Secondly, what are the symptoms of wobblers? Symptoms and Types

  • Strange, wobbly gait.
  • Neck pain, stiffness.
  • Weakness.
  • Possible short-strided walking, spastic with a floating appearance or very weak in the front limbs.
  • Possibly unable to walk – partial or complete paralysis.
  • Possible muscle loss near the shoulders.
  • Possible worn or scuffed toenails from uneven walking.

In this regard, how common is wobblers in horses?

Cervical Vertebrae Stenotic Myelopathy (CVSM), commonly known as Wobblers Syndrome, is estimated to occur in around 2-3% of Thoroughbreds.

Is there a cure for wobblers disease?

Treatment is either medical to control the symptoms, usually with corticosteroids and cage rest, or surgical to correct the spinal cord compression. A new surgical treatment using a proprietary medical device has been developed for dogs with disc-associated wobbler disease.

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