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My thirteen year old golden is failing fast. She has been happy and strong living with arthritis since she was eight, but degenerative myelopathy is the new concern. She started showing symptoms of neuro degeneration about a year and a half ago but we kept it under control with lots of swimming, a little bit of acupuncture and a whole load of love. Now we are in Colorado and swimming is not so easy in this cold environment. Over the winter she has lost a lot of muscle and just in the last few weeks is losing balance and showing some knuckling. The progression of her symptoms is scary and I am just looking for advice on how to best slow it down. She currently has acupuncture which relieves her immensely from the arthritis, takes arthrisoothe gold supplement, 1200 iu vitamin E daily, fatty acids daily and we try to take short slow walks at least twice a day. If anyone has been through this, I would love to hear any advice.
Thanks so much!!
Ali
 

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Hello and welcome to the forum to you and Lark. I have no experience in what Lark is going through but I'm sure there are members that can offer assistance. If nothing else we are all here to lend a shoulder to lean on. Good luck with Lark.
 

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I'm so sorry that Lark is having such problems. I have not experienced anything along this line, but I wanted to welcome you to the forum and hope you find some answers here. There are alot of knowledgeable people here who I'm hoping will have some advice for you. BTW, are you near the vet school at CSU??? Where are you in CO????
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum!

I do not know about DM, but I do know that for the last year and a half that Tess was with us, I took her every other week for massages, and that seemed to help her immensely with her flexibility and overall discomfort.
 

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Welcome to you and Lark. I dont have any answers for you but wanted to know we are all here for you and hope you can get some answers here. I know with my 10 year golden that has arthritis is massage. I try to do it several times a day. Good luck and we would like to see some pictures of her when you have time.
 

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Ali, my angel Cody lived with DM for three years. He never went down, and he wouldn't use the cart I got for him, but he sure did have a tough time walking some days and often couldn't do the stairs. I'm in Colorado as well; there's a great neuro guy at Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado in Loveland, Dr. Steven Coulter. There's also a fabulous internet group that I can direct you to if you PM me. The vet who's done the most research on DM is a Dr. Clemmons at the University of Florida. If you google him, you will find the protocol he recommends for supplements and diet for DM dogs. For some, it seems to have slowed the progression; other folks don't think it did much. I had Cody on Vitamin E, Cholodin (for canine cognitive dysfunction, which it cured in three days, but also helped keep the nerves firing properly), fish oil. My angel died in July of 2005 when the DM affected his brain, giving him a series of devastating seizures (only for one day; I gave him that final and oh so heartbreaking gift that afternoon). He was 14 years, 3 months and 4 days old when he went to the Bridge. Just so you know, DM cannot be definitely diagnosed except upon necropsy. What have you done diagnostically so far? One caution: if someone suggests a myelogram, you want to think long and hard about that, as many DM dogs don't walk again after that procedure. Feel free to ask anything.....unfortunately, I probably have a clue how to answer:-( Give your old girl a smooch from me....I'm a sucker for old gold, especially those with some challenges.
 

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Ali, here's the web address of the DM yahoo group, who are all owners of dogs with DM: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/degenerativemyelopathylist/ all are incredibly helpful, both with advice about Lark and to help you keep your spirits up. Where are you in Colorado? There are a number of hydrotherapy places in the state, and I'd be glad to help you find the one nearest to you.
 

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Ali, here's the web address of the DM yahoo group, who are all owners of dogs with DM: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/degenerativemyelopathylist/ all are incredibly helpful, both with advice about Lark and to help you keep your spirits up. Where are you in Colorado? There are a number of hydrotherapy places in the state, and I'd be glad to help you find the one nearest to you.
Hi- thanks for the info. I am in Fort Collins, new to the area so I haven't figured out all of the resources available with CSU and everything. Thanks for the yahoo forum, do you know of any hydrotherapy places in this area? I haven't heard of anything at CSU, but Icould be mistaken on that.
 

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Ali, you're in one of the best locations in the country for things veterinary...CSU is an awesome facility. For hydrotherapy places near you, go to this website and look under Colorado. There are several in Loveland, and I'm sure CSU has some recommendations for you, as well. Welcome to the Rockies!

http://landofpuregold.com/challenge-physical.htm#COLORADO
 

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Wow, it sounds like she is getting excellent care! I don't have any experience with DM but I'm sure there are others on this forum that can share their knowledge and advice. Welcome to the forum.

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Welcome to the forum. I can;t offer anything but a sympathetic ear and prayers and you have those any time you need them.
 
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