Treating a Bearded Collie and Other Large Dogs for DM

Degenerative Myelopathy is a incurable disease that affects the dog’s spinal cord and ultimately his mobility. Large dogs like the Bearded Collie tend to show signs of DM between the ages of 8 and 14. It is a progressive disease in which the muscles of the legs will slowly deteriorate. Numbness and loss of feeling will occur as will eventual paralysis. Although there is no cure, treatments are available. Case in point, some veterinarians use physiotherapy to strengthen a dog’s mobility and enable him to move about for a longer period of time. Muscle supportive care including moderate exercise and physical therapy can also delay the deterioration of the muscles. Medications may also be prescribed for pain and to keep your dog comfortable. Most treatment for DM is used to maintain comfort for as long as possible. Consult with your vets London, ON to learn more.


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