DM in dogs or more commonly known as Degenerative Myelopathy is caused by a gene mutation and only found among a few dozen dog breeds throughout the world. It is often a disease in which most people are completely unaware of. That is, until their dog happens to be diagnosed with this dreadful disease. However, continue reading because there is HOPE!
We cannot stress how vital it is for you not to overlook or ignore the symptoms of this disease but make sure that you exclude any known causes of spinal cord dysfunction before accepting the diagnosis of Degenerative Myelopathy. Often misdiagnosed, the symptoms of DM in dogs may resemble other spinal diseases such as: disc disease (protrusions) or spinal cord tumor. Both can cause compression of the spinal cord and show similar signs to degenerative myelopathy.
Keep a watchful eye on your dog if you notice any of the following symptoms 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. Why? No one has really identified the exact cause although researchers have been getting closer and closer to finding the answer to that question. On the other hand, What is known 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 normally associated with the nerves surrounding the spine. They become deprived of blood and die and overtime this cycle repeats, causing more nerve damage as the disease progresses through the dogs body.
The disease almost always moves from the rear hind quarters up along the spinal cord towards the 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 degenerative myelopathy is caused by a unique mutation in the SOD1 gene which only occurs in approximately 40 different dog breeds.
Did you know that DM is closely related to a well known disease in humans? Well it is, the same gene mutation is also associated with familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig disease, in people. 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 balance in the dog is normally present as well.
DM In Dogs
It’s important to know that DM, because of its initial symptoms such as: decreased activity, trouble getting up and laying down, oration, soreness, etc – is often misdiagnosed as arthritis or more commonly, hip displasia. The 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 proven treatment options, such as Sanus-Biotex, a successful turnaround and outcome is highly unlikely.
Because degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease we cannot stress the importance of starting treatment as soon as possible. Although their have been a few case studies where dogs suffering from late term degenerative myelopathy were successfully treated with Sanus-Biotex and their quality of life improved dramatically. However, treating DM should always begin sooner rather then later due to the progressive nature of the disease. Please understand – by not doing anything, a dog suffering from DM will normally succumb to the disease within a few months.
It’s common to see where the disease seems to be active and other times it may seem to be in a dormant stage. However, the outcome is bleak and always the same… Without specialized treatment a dog will eventually need to be put down as DM is a chronic and progressive disease, which always results in paralysis.
Unfortunately, to date, there is no 100% cure that has been proven to work successfully in all case studies. However, much has been learned over the past two years and extensive research by some of the worlds most renowned veterinarians and scientists have yielded incredible breakthroughs in how one can go about treating DM in dogs. Regardless of what some may tell you, DM 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, I urge you to give Sanus Biotex a try. We have been helping dogs with Degenerative Myelopathy since 2008 and thousands of dogs use Sanus Biotex each and every day. Read our testamonials, 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 actions are taken and you begin the Sanus Biotex program soon, you will give your dog an opportunity to live a long, healthy, and happy life, even with DM!
With our guarantee, you really have nothing to lose – just give Sanus Biotex a try!