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Old 11-21-2013, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anybody else have/had a GSD with Degenerative Myelopathy?

My last GSD had it, it is an awful disease. The dogs slowly loss control of their rear legs and finally paralysis. He'd be walking down the hallway banging into the wall, sad. Well before he got completely paralyzed he passed away in his sleep it was one of those bitter sweet moments I was looking around at the time for a cart for him. The funny thing is that he was my 3rd GSD and I have never heard of this disease.
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yes 1st one was 15yr ago he had a rapid decline (English lines) current one developed early signs Dec 2012 he is still mobile at the moment, he is German lines
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yeah, took my gsd in 94, perfectly healthy except for this. pts when he could no longer walk or control his bowels. very hard to deal with this disease.
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My last GSD had it, it is an awful disease. The dogs slowly loss control of their rear legs and finally paralysis. He'd be walking down the hallway banging into the wall, sad. Well before he got completely paralyzed he passed away in his sleep it was one of those bitter sweet moments I was looking around at the time for a cart for him. The funny thing is that he was my 3rd GSD and I have never heard of this disease.
Yes my boy passed away from it 2 years ago now. We had him put down before it got to the point of a cart. He was obviously unhappy and ready to go so we spent the day doing his favorite things, took a ride to the vet one of his favorite places to be and had him gently put to sleep so he would not suffer anymore.
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I had a female with it years ago....she was happy to be on her bed in the living room sleeping (she was nearly 13) and I helped her with a sling to go out several times a day....when she became incontinent, both ways, I let her go to the Bridge....I have lost dogs to hemangio as well....and while I would rather not have either strike my dogs, I think loosing one to hemangio is worse...

Unfortunately - just like humans, something is going to kill them (us)...when one disease is controlled or wiped out, another one is lurking to take it's place....

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Old 11-21-2013, 07:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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We have one right now that they suspect it's just starting up. He's showing all the typical early signs.

I've known others that have gone through it (not all with GSDs though)..... I feel for anyone who has to to go through that with their beloved pet.

I'm so sorry for your loss.
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Mine caught it at 12 years old, it was a fast decline. He was on heart meds for 11 years and his heart finally gave out. He was lying in out attached bathroom marble floor when I heard him trashing a little I got up at 3am to comfort him, when his blatter let go I knew he was gone, I have his ashes on my fireplace mantle. Does anyone know if it is hereditary? My boy now is closing in on 8.5 years and I have his Pedigree going back 5 generations and contacts.
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Mine caught it at 12 years old, it was a fast decline. He was on heart meds for 11 years and his heart finally gave out. He was lying in out attached bathroom marble floor when I heard him trashing a little I got up at 3am to comfort him, when his blatter let go I knew he was gone, I have his ashes on my fireplace mantle. Does anyone know if it is hereditary? My boy now is closing in on 8.5 years and I have his Pedigree going back 5 generations and contacts.
From my understanding it can be genetic. Dogs can be a carrier, have it, or not have it in their genes (meaning they have less of a chance to have it in their lifetime). Though, I don't believe it always is.... but hopefully someone with a bit more experience can give a more solid answer.

OFA has a kit you can buy and they see if it's coded in his dna... either as a carrier but normal, carrier and affected, or normal (not a carrier). Not sure of it's accuracy... but, I guess it doesn't hurt. It's not a diagnoses for anything though.
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There are believed to be two types in GSDs one with the SOD1 mutation is similiar to ASL in humans this as a faster decline, then one without SOD1 mutation very much like MS in humans decline is a lot slower, mobility is maintained for longer
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:45 AM   #10 (permalink)
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My last Shepherd, Roman, had DM. He lived for about a year after the first symptoms started shrink ( the nail scraping during walks). It is a horrible disease with no cure, but that last year of his life was filled with so much love and compassion. We did all we could for him (cart, slings, massage, etc.) but when he couldn't control his Bowles or bladder, he let us know that he was ready.


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