Degenerative Myelopathy, frequently referred to as "DM", is the canine version of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
This debilitating, progressive, and fatal disease is caused by a degeneration of the myelin sheath of the spinal cord.
Typical age of onset is between 8 - 14 years of age (though some breeds may develop the symptoms even sooner).
The progression of the disease starts with a loss of coordination in ONE hind leg. You may notice your dog "wobbling" as they walk,
the middle nails on one hind paw scraping or wearing unevenly (more than on the other hind foot), knuckling of that paw, and loss of proprioception, but no pain will be present. Over time, these symptoms worsen, and result in paralysis of both hind legs.
As the disease progresses, your dog may experience urinary and/or bowel incontinence (sometimes also UTI's). If the dog lives with this disease long enough, it will result in paralysis of torso and front legs, it will likely compromise the pup's voice as the disease attacks the diaphram, and then, the end stage can cause widespread organ failure and respiratory failure.
The time is NOW to bark out loud for the pups to raise more awareness!
DM Information, Dog Care & Helpful Tips
Vet Links & info on DM for dog Veterinarians
For dog owners to have support from others that have experience with DM thru our ShadeOutDM member support group
KC was a strong advocate and raised awareness about DM on her own as she so bravely powered thru this journey, but she also loved to wear her Shades! Actually she loved the "Oh how Cute" reaction that she got when she would dress up in her wheels, go to swim or ride her Chariot (dog stroller) with her Shades on... so our wonderful friend who is taking this journey for a 3rd time herself suggested we name it “#ShadeOutDM”
Our Mission is to Tell EVERYBODY!!! We went to 5 different vets before we found out what was going on with our KC girl! We’re shocked with how many other people have told us that their vet has never heard of DM!
This is not a page to argue their justifications, this is simply a page from one Loving Dog Mom to another Loving Dog Mom/Dad all over the world! So come on EVERYBODY... put your SHADES on & Help Us Raise Awareness to eventually #ShadeOutDM for the pups!
Support DM awareness by linking up under ShadeOutDM before you Shop for your dog.
How to get involved in our next DM awareness campaigns & what we've accomplished so far for the dogs!
Become a booth host & represent ShadeOutDM at a local event in your area to raise awareness about DM for your local dogs
Thank you for participating in our 2023 RACE at your own Pace to #ShadeOutDM!
While the final entries have closed, our main purpose is
to Speak out for the pups so please keep posting & tagging us so we see your post!
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