DM in dogs

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Degenerative Myelopathy or DM in dogs, is caused by a gene mutation and only found among a few dozen dog breeds throughout the world. We have found that a majority of dog owners have never heard of Degenerative Myelopathy until their dog happens to be diagnosed with this dreadful disease.

Often misdiagnosed, the symptoms of DM in dogs may resemble other spinal diseases such as: disc disease (protrusions), spinal cord tumors or even a pinched nerve.

We cannot stress how vital it is to not overlook or ignore the symptoms of this disease but be sure your vet excludes other causes of spinal cord dysfunction before accepting a Degenerative Myelopathy diagnosis.

Notify your vet if you notice any of the following symptoms common with DM for an extended period of time:

  • Hindquarter weakness and rear limb ataxia (the rear feet turning inwards).
  • Loss of balance with difficulty rising or laying down.
  • Knuckling under while walking (seems like the dog is tripping sometimes).
  • Limp tail, rear leg dragging, or crossing under the dogs body.
  • Wearing of rear nails before others which eventually leads to nail scraping.

What is Degenerative Myelopathy or DM In Dogs?

DM has an insidious onset typically occurring between 5- 7 years of age. However, studies have not identified the exact cause although researchers have been getting closer in finding out why.

What we do know about DM, is that it is a deficiency where the nerves along the spinal cord become inflamed causing what is commonly known as “DM flare-ups.” These flareups which are rarely painful are associated with the nerves surrounding the spinal column. They become deprived of blood and die – overtime this cycle repeats, causing more nerve damage as the disease progresses throughout the dogs body.

Degenerative Myelopathy almost always travels from the rear hind quarters up along the spinal column towards the dogs brain. As a result, the progression of the disease eventually causes complete paralysis and incontinence. However, being able to say with absolute certainty why this occurs is debatable. Moreover, most researchers do agree that DM is caused by a unique mutation in the SOD1 gene which only occurs in approximately 40 different breeds.

Did you know that DM is closely related to a well known disease in humans? Well it is, the very same gene mutation is also associated with familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig disease, in people. The difference is canine Degenerative Myelopathy, unlike Lou Gehrig disease, initially affects the back legs where it causes visible muscle weakness and atrophy; a lack of coordination and loss of balance in the dog becomes apparent as well.

DM In Dogs

Degenerative Myelopathy in dogs

It’s important to know that DM, because of its initial symptoms such as: decreased activity, trouble getting up and laying down, soreness, etc – is often misdiagnosed as arthritis or more commonly, hip dysplasia. A misdiagnosis at this stage can be a fatal mistake. If the disease is allowed to progress through the body, the dog will eventually show front limb involvement and extensive muscle atrophy. At this stage, even with the best treatment options, a successful turnaround and outcome is highly unlikely.

Because Degenerative Myelopathy is a progressive disease we cannot stress the importance of getting help as soon as possible. Now, their have been a few case studies where dogs suffering from late term Degenerative Myelopathy were successfully treated. That said, any DM treatment plan should begin sooner rather then later due to the progressive nature of the disease. Please understand – By Not Doing Anything, a dog suffering from Degenerative Myelopathy will normally succumb to the disease within 6-8 months.

It’s common to see DM in dogs where the disease seems to be very active and other times it may seem to be in a dormant stage. However, the outcome is bleak and always the same… Without specialized help a dog will eventually need to be put down as DM is a chronic and progressive disease, which will always result in paralysis and eventually death.

Unfortunately, to date, there is no 100% cure that has been proven to work successfully in every dog. That said, huge strides have been made over the past two years by some of the worlds most renowned veterinarians and scientists. They have yielded incredible breakthroughs in how one can go about treating DM in dogs. So, regardless of what others may say, DM in dogs can be suppressed and in some cases (although rare) even reversed but one needs to take action now as time is of the essence.

If your dog was diagnosed with DM or if you notice any of the symptoms listed above, we urge you to give Sanus Biotex a try. Holistic Doggie has been at the forefront by helping thousands of dogs with Degenerative Myelopathy since 2008. Read our testimonials about Sanus Biotex, some dogs were diagnosed with DM 3+ years ago and continue to do well today. This is simply unheard of with the more traditional medications such as steroids. If the correct actions are taken by just trying Sanus Biotex, you will be giving your dog the best chance to live a long, healthy, and happy life – even with DM!

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