GSD Health: Degenerative Myelopathy

WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY (DM)?

Degenerative myelopathy is a slowly progressive ataxia and paresis of the hindlegs. Marked muscle atrophy is common and fecal and urinary incontinence often develops. The etiology is unknown, but an immune-mediated mechanism is suspected as a depression of T lymphocyte responsiveness has been demonstrated in affected dogs.

There is a yahoo group for those with DM that’s very helpful. They’ve been around since 2003 and have a lot of resources and experience.
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/degenerativemyelopathylist/

They’ve listed the following websites where medical, and additional information can be found:
http://neuro.vetmed.ufl.edu/neuro/DM_Web/DMofGS.htm
http://www.freewebs.com/dmroster/
http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/DM/basicDM.htm
http://www.eddieswheels.com

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