Clinical Signs of Degenerative Myelopathy in GSD


The severity of clinical signs at the time of treatment can affect the outcome of the results of therapy. Dogs treated early in the course of degenerative myelopathy, those with only mild conscious proprioceptive deficits, generally have a better prognosis and up to 80% respond to therapy. If the clinical signs advance to the point that the dog falls and has difficulty getting up (moderate signs), then the chance of success declines to 40% who will respond. Once paralysis has occurred or the dog can no longer bear weight (late signs), then the chances for successful treatment are only very slight (10% or less). Therefore, early detection and treatment are critical in helping to maintain proper neurologic function in dogs affected with degenerative myelopathy.

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