Degenerative Myelopathy in Dogs

What is Degenerative Myelopathy?

Degenerative myelopathy (DM) is a progressive neurological disease that affects dogs.


Weakness in the hind limbs

Causes of DM

The exact cause of DM is unknown, but it is believed to be a genetic disease.

Diagnosis of DM

There is no definitive test to diagnose DM. Diagnosis is based on a dog's clinical signs, medical history, and breed.

Treatment of DM

There is no cure for DM, but there are treatments that can help to manage the symptoms and improve the dog's quality of life. 

Prognosis for Dogs with DM

The prognosis for dogs with DM is variable. Some dogs may have a relatively slow progression of the disease and live for several years after diagnosis. 

How to Support 

Provide them with a safe and comfortable environment.

How to Trim Your Dog’s Nails