General information on Degenerative Myelopathy
degenerative myelopathy is an immune-medicated degenerative disease of the spinal cord that appears to have a familal basis. This is a slowly progressive weakness in the hind legs. It occurs primrily in middle-aged German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers though it also can occur in other large and medium breeds.
Symptoms of Degenerative Myelopathy
Symptoms of degenerative myelopathy are a slowly progressive weakness or paralysis of the hind limbs, along with an unsteady gait suggesting hip displasia. The toenails on the hind feet may show abnormal wear from dragging on hard surfaces.
Treatments for Degenerative Myelopathy
Vitamin E, B-complex, and corticosteroids are recommended but may not be effective in curing or reversing the disease.
The dog's quality of life can sometimes be enhanced with a steady program of exercise and nutrition.
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Degenerative Myelopathy experience by - Theresa
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
My german shepherd mix - 108 lbs was diagnosed with Myelopathy by our vet. He could not get up on his own without considerable struggle and would fall down when he tried to turn around or back up. We have to carry him in and out of the house because he can\'t go up and down the stairs. The vet basically said there was nothing we can do and it was up to us how long we can manage carrying such a large dog in and out of the house. It broke our hearts knowing we would not have him much longer. Here is the amazing news. We found a chiropractor that specializes in pets. He has been for 8 treatments along with prednizone has improved 80%. The Chiropractor believes that he did not have myelopothy but a pinched nerve along with some arthritis. He also told me he has so many cases where the dogs were going to be put down because of Myelopthy and it was it wasn\'t that all. Please consider finding a animal chiroprator in your area. We knew after the first week that there was an improvement. The cost has been approx. $70.00 a visit but compared to surgery, it is a great deal and worth it. :)
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