Degenerative Myelopathy

Description: Degenerative Myelopathy is a neurologic condition, similar to ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease in people. In dogs, it causes weakness and poor nerve function in the hind legs. It affects some breeds more frequently than other breeds.

What to Watch For: If your dog has this disease, she will become increasingly weak and disabled in her hind legs and will eventually suffer from paralysis in her hindquarters, along with incontinence. 

Treatment: Rehabilitation, exercise, acupuncture, and dietary supplements can be helpful, but there is no cure. A genetic test is available to determine whether your dog is at risk for this heritable disease.

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Breeds prone to Degenerative Myelopathy include:


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