Breeds Most Affected by Degenerative Myelopathy

degenerative myelopathy Jan 21, 2022
Breeds Most Affected by Degenerative Myelopathy

Canine degenerative myelopathy (DM) has been recognized for over 35 years. It’s a spontaneously occurring, adult-onset, spinal-cord disorder affecting dogs. Degenerative myelopathy, which is also known as chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy (CDRM), is characterized by clinical signs of slowly progressive hind-limb weakness and paralysis. The symptoms are caused by the oxidative damage to and degeneration of the Schwann cells in the white matter of the spinal cord. This degeneration causes interference with both motor and sensory function of the white matter.

Degenerative myelopathy has been diagnosed in many dog breeds, but most of the research has been focused on these breeds:

  • Boxer
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • German Shepherd
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • American Eskimo Dog
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Borzoi
  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  • Collie
  • German Shepherd cross
  • Golden Retrievers
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Kerry Blue Terriers
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  • Poodle (Miniature)
  • Poodle (Standard)
  • Pug
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Siberian Huskie


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