Has anyone else boxer suffered with this disease Degenerative myelopathy , my boy is in the early stages he’s still very active but has started dragging his back leg . Please help
And it's only a 25.00 testA friend of mine dog had this. It is a genetic disease of the spinal cord. At first the dog begins dragging a foot or his back legs and it progresses, I am told it is not painful and progresses slowly until the back end of the dog is paralyzed. Eventually though not always they lose control of their bladder/bowel. Many get wheelchairs for the dog and they manage quite well, hers did. I've read that it is similar to a person having ALS. Since this is a genetic disease a good breeder tests for it.
do you still have the wheel chair?? We could certainly use it for this reason if you do!My dog Olive had it. Showed up at 8 years of age. She made it to 10. We tried everything. Massage, hydro therapy, acupuncture and supplements including carprofen. Within a year of being diagnosed she ended up in a wheel chair. After another year of bladder/bowel issues it was time to say goodbye. I'm so sorry your dog has this but it is a terrible disease. To witness the slow decline of your dogs health and mobility is something you shouldn't have to go through which why good breeders test for it. However, testing hasn't been around too long There is no physical pain but the mental anguish they experience is difficult enough. Never would have thought my dog would have accepted a wheel chair but she actually loved it. Still have it in the garage. I would be willing to ship it for a dog in need. Run him as much as you can while he still has his legs under him.