Stages of Degenerative Myelopathy in Dogs

Initial Symptoms

Watch for subtle signs like hind leg weakness and stumbling as potential indications of degenerative myelopathy.

Worsening Weakness

As the disease progresses, muscle atrophy becomes noticeable, leading to further hind limb weakness.

Coordination Loss

Dogs may experience a loss of coordination, making movement challenging and unsteady.

Paralysis Sets In

Advanced stages lead to paralysis of the hind limbs, robbing dogs of their mobility.

Front Limb Involvement

In later stages, degenerative myelopathy can affect the front limbs, worsening the overall mobility.


As the disease progresses, dogs may lose control over bladder function, requiring extra care.

End Stage

Eventually, dogs may lose all mobility, requiring specialized care and support in their final stages.

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