Description: Cervical Vertebral Instability - This condition is caused by compression of the spinal cord. The animal typically has abnormal movements and is wobbly because the compression is injuring the part of the spinal cord that is necessary for normal movement. Also known as Wobbler's syndrome.
Symptoms: Some symptoms to look for are neck pain, trouble moving into the standing position, paws are scuffed, toenails are worn down and muscle weakening in the forelimbs.
Treatment: Treatment includes surgery in which it decompresses the spinal cord. Physical therapy is important and highly recommended.