What is Degenerative Myelopathy?
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a genetic disorder that occurs from 8 to 14 years of age. The disease affects the spinal cord, and begins with issues in the hind legs. Dogs will drag their feet, and have trouble walking. Eventually the dog will have difficulty standing… and will become paraplegic. (GenSol Diagnostics/DM)
“The clinical course can range from 6 months to 1 year. If signs progress for a longer period of time, loss of urinary and fecal continence may occur and eventually weakness will develop in the front limbs.” (GenSol Diagnostics/ DM)
What an awful disease for any pet to have! I have seen many JHC clear Boston terriers advertised (for more information on JHC and genetic testing see this post), but I rarely see DM clear puppies advertised. We ordered our tests from GenSol Diagnostics. We always use them for all of our genetic testing. If my dogs end up being carriers I will have to change my breeding plan…
I impatiently waited to see the test results!
What if they are affected?! How will this disease affect them when they are older… we love our dogs… we don’t want to watch them suffer… will I be able to deal with Belle crawling around on the floor barely able to move… whimpering… just wanting to be noticed?!
We are so lucky!
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Have you ever ran any genetic tests on your dog?