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To anybody who doesn't know what it is, wobbler syndrome likely sounds rather innocent, maybe even funny. But, unfortunately, it isn't funny at all. It's a disease of the neck vertebrae, affecting the spinal cord.
The sign you might readily see is, you guessed it, a wobbly gait, weakness, even inability to walk. What you might not see is the pain that comes with it. In a way, it's similar to IVDD, but while IVDD is generally degenerative, wobblers is congenital. That means that the dog's spine doesn't develop properly.
The breeds predisposed to this condition include Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, Mastiffs, Bernese Mountain dogs and some other large breeds.
To learn about wobbler syndrome, check out Dr. Byers' article.
I read somewhere that a dog could survive on cat food, but a cat could not survive on dog food. There might be a circumstance when you might give that to your dog, though it is more likely that your dog will help themselves when they get a chance. If your dog gets their paws on some cat food, don't panic but keep it away as a general rule.
The thought of your dog having to have their eye removed is horrifying. Sometimes, though, it is the kind thing to do. Your dog will rather do without an eye than with excruciating pain.
To learn when the eye removal (enucleation) is the right choice for your dog, read Dr. Zeltzman's article.