Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Central Florida
This is just an FYI ... my sweet Slider was diagnosed with Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) and as time progressed he began to develop progressive rear end problems ... dragging his back legs. My vet x-rayed him and since his CES had not changed much, she diagnosed him with DM. When he passed away this past April, I wanted a necropsy done to determine if he had DM or not .. my vet didn't have the necessary tools to perform this type of necropsy, so I had a DM DNA test done (not the Dr. Clemons test, this one was done by DDC). Anyway, it turned out he was only a carrier ... only had one positive marker, the other marker was normal. So I assume all the rear end problems he had were due to the CES. (I lost 3 other dogs to CES all with the same symptoms but no testing was done). So there are diseases that mimic DM that really aren't, though it really doesn't make much difference since the results are the same, just the name is different.
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