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The 5 Stages of Degenerative Myelopathy

Staging Degenerative Myelopathy

I like to divide DM into five stages. This helps when tracking how the disease is progressing and allows my clients to set objective benchmarks to use in making quality-of-life decisions . None of the stages is exact, as every patient is different and will progress...

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Diagnosing Degenerative Myelopathy

Diagnosing Degenerative Myelopathy

When it comes to testing for degenerative myelopathy, candidates are divided into three classes:

  1. At-risk (A/A homozygotes)
  2. Carrier (A/N heterozygous)
  3. Clear (N/N genotype)

I helped develop the two tables below to assist my clients in making breeding decisions...

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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...

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