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Is it a common problem? my Goldie Ted has it, he is on all sorts of supplements etc for it, there is no cure I know but we are trying everything to keep him going, he has had accupuncture but that didnt work, hes had Chiropracty which helped a bit, he now has Hydrotherapy which seems to help with his weakness, anyone know anything else I could try?
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Here he is at hydrotherapy.
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If by DM you mean degenerative myelopathy, it isn't too common in goldens. My angel dog Cody was diagnosed with it by a top canine neurologist at CSU, but it turns out that you can only be 100% positive of the diagnosis upon necropsy. There is research being done at the University of Florida and the University of Missouri on this disease. A DNA test has been developed that will at least tell you if your dog is a carrier, clear or has two of the mutated genes, putting them at greater risk. Here's a website that will tell you about that and how to submit to have the test run.
http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/DM/ancmntDM.htm

Don't despair over this diagnosis. There are things you can do to keep Ted going happily. DM is supposedly not painful, although some other conditions your aging dog may have can be painful. Using a sling to help him walk will keep him from falling. If he's scraping his hind nails and getting bloody, booties will help, as well as only walking on grass. If he's truly down in the back, you can get a cart (doggie wheelchair); many dogs play in rivers, chase balls and carry on as normal using carts. Swimming does help maintain muscle mass, along with 4000 IU's of Vitamin E daily.

My computer blew up and I lost everything, or I'd give you the web address of the DM Yahoo group. It's a wonderful place for support, so look on the web for it. Let me know if there are any questions I might help you with. Cody lived with DM for four years, but he was never paralyzed. He did have a cart, which he hated because he was still mobile (his definition, not always mine:)). Oh, and if you're tempted to have a myelogram, my advice is not to do it. Many dogs who go into that test mobile come out paralyzed.

Your boy looks great in his swim vest; he's a handsome fella!
 

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If by DM you mean degenerative myelopathy, it isn't too common in goldens. My angel dog Cody was diagnosed with it by a top canine neurologist at CSU, but it turns out that you can only be 100% positive of the diagnosis upon necropsy. There is research being done at the University of Florida and the University of Missouri on this disease. A DNA test has been developed that will at least tell you if your dog is a carrier, clear or has two of the mutated genes, putting them at greater risk. Here's a website that will tell you about that and how to submit to have the test run.
http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/DM/ancmntDM.htm

Don't despair over this diagnosis. There are things you can do to keep Ted going happily. DM is supposedly not painful, although some other conditions your aging dog may have can be painful. Using a sling to help him walk will keep him from falling. If he's scraping his hind nails and getting bloody, booties will help, as well as only walking on grass. If he's truly down in the back, you can get a cart (doggie wheelchair); many dogs play in rivers, chase balls and carry on as normal using carts. Swimming does help maintain muscle mass, along with 4000 IU's of Vitamin E daily.

My computer blew up and I lost everything, or I'd give you the web address of the DM Yahoo group. It's a wonderful place for support, so look on the web for it. Let me know if there are any questions I might help you with. Cody lived with DM for four years, but he was never paralyzed. He did have a cart, which he hated because he was still mobile (his definition, not always mine:)). Oh, and if you're tempted to have a myelogram, my advice is not to do it. Many dogs who go into that test mobile come out paralyzed.

Your boy looks great in his swim vest; he's a handsome fella!
Thanks so much for the information, he is on vitamin E but only 800 IU'S should I up that to 4000?
Also did Cody slow down at all? Ted is really slow in walking now, thanks again for your info, going to join the Yahoo group right now!
PS he has to wear the vest because he doesnt like water.
 

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K9love, Cody slowed down, and he couldn't do stairs, sometimes not at all. I had to haul his butt up the stairs, and if he wanted to go down, I held his collar so he wouldn't fall. His hind legs got tangled and he did have the drunken sailor walk, but he was still game to go most of the time. He wore booties a lot during the last two years of his life (he died at age fourteen and a half) so the tops of his feet were protected. Ted's hydrotherapy will hopefully keep some muscle mass, as the atrophying can be quite alarming.

As for the amount of Vitamin E, please check with your vet or write to Dr. Clemmons at University of Florida or Dr. Coats at Missouri and see what they recommend. Cody's neurologist was adamant about giving that amount. Dr. Clemmons has a supplement protocol that some say postpones the worst symptoms of DM and others don't find helpful at all. Since every dog reacts a bit differently to the disease (or whatever disease they have that looks like DM), sometimes you just have to take all the suggestions and see what works for your pup.
 

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Thankyou for your help, I am in the UK so will ask my vets advice on the ammount to give.
 
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