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Friday 16th of November 2018

Myopathy In Labrador Retrievers

General information on Myopathy In Labrador Retrievers

Myopathy in Labrador Retrievers is a genetic form of muscular dystrophy seen the Labrador Retriever breed. It is caused by an autosomal recessive trait which causes a degeneration of the skeletal muscles. The condition is progressive in which the damage first originates in the nerves which then leads to muscles damage. The most common sign of myopathy in Labrador Retrievers is weakness. The weakness can first be seen when the affected dog is between five weeks to eight months of age and can be first noticed by a severe decrease in endurance. Exposure to the cold can also greatly increase the symptoms of the myopathy. The disease commonly stabilizes itself between five months to one year of age.

Symptoms of Myopathy In Labrador Retrievers

Some of the symptoms of myopathy in Labrador Retrievers may be: weakness, fatigue, decreased endurance, difficulty hold up their head, drooling, a sort of hop when running, and megaesophagus, a condition in which the muscles in the esophagus fail and therefore food and water cannot be moved from the esophagus into the stomach.

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Treatments for Myopathy In Labrador Retrievers

The treatment for myopathy in Labrador Retrievers is to first ensure that certain conditional triggers are avoided. It is important to make sure that the affected dog is always warm, never cold, and that the dog’s stress levels are kept to a minimum. Valium twice per day can be beneficial to some of the affected dogs. It is important to not breed a dog that is affected by myopathy in Labrador Retrievers.

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Myopathy In Labrador Retrievers experience by - Donna
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My 8 year old American lab presented with what appeared to be hip symptoms. That was June of 2011. The symptom came and went. Weakness and a funny trot was the initial sign. After checking for hip illness we opted for an MRI to make sure it wasn't brain. Symptoms began to be more regular over the summer. He began to get grouchy with other dogs in the family. We had a lumbar puncture performed to rule out tick disease. everything was ok but he failed the tests that are non invasive from the vet. It's important to have a vet familiar with this disease assess your dog. Now it is February 2012 and Jesse is struggling. Everyday he struggles to walk. Falls a lot. He can't control his bowels sometimes and walks away while peeing and doesn't seem o notice. He falls backwards into his poop while trying to go so he gets a daily butt bath. He enjoys swimming and a fast paced walk cause jogging is easier than walking.the doctor says e has no pain but I'm sure he gets sore and achy from struggling. I know his time is coming soon but he is alert and enjoys being around everyone still. There are wheelchairs and assistive devices for these dogs but they can only be used a little each day. Boots on his back paws seem to be best to keep his toenails from completely being scraped away and his knuckles from bleeding. The groomer can no longer groom him because he can't stand well enough to cooperate.i guess his last day will be when he no longer can stand without any assistance.
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