Symptoms of Canine Degenerative Myelopathy

Did you know that large dogs like the Labrador and Retriever are prone to various illnesses later in life that often affect their mobility? One of those illnesses is Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). DM works in the spinal cord where much of the movement is being done. It can cause immobility, numbness in the legs and eventual paralysis. This is a progressive disease that currently has no cure. Signs of the disease can include a progressive weakness of the hind area, difficulty rising, difficulty jumping, stumbling, knuckling of the toes and dragging of the nails, wearing of the inner toes or the rear paws, and loss of muscle in the rear legs. This disease requires close monitoring of your dog to track symptom severity and the number of symptoms surfacing. For more information on symptoms and ways to make your dog comfortable when moving about, click here, or talk with your Hyattsville, MD veterinarian. 


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