One of the most heartbreaking things about your dog getting older is their steady loss of movement. Anyone who’s ever witnessed their four-legged friend bumping into walls or not being able to run after a ball knows how sad this is.
This is especially sad when it is caused by degenerative myelopathy.
Degenerative myelopathy (DM) is a spinal cord disorder that affects all breeds, but is most common in German Shepherds, Corgis, Boxers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, and Poodles. It usually hits between the ages of 8-14 years, and affects both sexes equally .
Sadly, DM is genetic, which means there is a mutation in a certain gene, and thus there are not many good treatment options.
What Does DM Do To A Dog?
DM causes the degeneration of the ‘white matter’ of the spinal cord and peripheral nerves. This white matter is required to transmit movement commands from the brain to the limbs, and sensory information from the limbs to the brain.
When it degenerates, this communication is lost, and the dog cannot move properly.
Although not a painful condition in itself, DM can result in compensatory movements due to the weak hind legs, which results in pain around the neck, shoulders, and front limbs.
Currently, most dogs with DM deteriorate within just a few months to a year, and will eventually have to be euthanized.
What Can Be Done To Treat DM?
As hopeless as DM sounds, there are some options. I’ve been treating dogs with this condition for several years now, and sometimes without luck. However, I have found stem cell therapy to be a potential treatment for degenerative myelopathy.
Stem cell therapy has been shown in several studies to slow the progression of this terrible neurological condition. In some cases, it can even reverse it.
Stem cell therapy is a breakthrough treatment that’s been changing the lives of many older dogs – and their owners. The best part, HUC-DT℠ is a fully in-house treatment that typically takes less than 30 minutes.
And if there is a way to slow down the progression of this terrible disease and dramatically reduce your best friend’s suffering, how could you not try. Your best friend deserves it.