Degenerative Myelopathy in Dogs
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Understanding the DNA Test for Degenerative Myelopathy
DM – Degenerative Myelopathy – The DM test is available for any breed, and is specifically recommended for Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Boxers, Standard Poodles, German Shepherds, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. For information on DM testing other breeds, ordering the test, please click on the link below
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http://www.vetdnacenter.com/fees.html $58 per test with usually some good rebates offered on additional DNA test you may want to do as well
Order OFA DNA Test from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals $65 per test
This dog is homozygous N/N, with two normal copies of the gene. In the seven breeds studied at the University of Missouri in depth so far, dogs with test results of N/N (Normal) have never been confirmed to have DM. This dog can only transmit the normal gene to its offspring, and it is unlikely that this dog or its offspring will ever develop DM.
This dog is heterozygous A/N, with one mutated copy of the gene and one normal copy of the gene, and is classified as a carrier. In the seven breeds studied at the University of Missouri in depth so far, dogs with test results of A/N have never been confirmed to have DM. While it is highly unlikely this dog will ever develop DM, this dog can transmit either the normal gene or the mutated gene to its offspring.
This dog is homozygous A/A, with two mutated copies of the gene, and is at risk for developing Degenerative Myelopathy (DM). The research has shown that all dogs in the research study with confirmed DM have had A/A DNA test results, however, not all dogs testing as A/A have shown clinical signs of DM. DM is typically a late onset disease, and dogs testing as A/A that are clinically normal may still begin to show signs of the disease as they age. Some dogs testing A/A did not begin to show clinical signs of DM until they were 15 years of age. Research is ongoing to estimate what percentage of dogs testing as A/A will develop DM within their lifespan. At this point, the mutation can only be interpreted as being at risk of developing DM within the animal’s life. For dogs showing clinical signs with a presumptive diagnosis of DM, affected (A/A) test results can be used as an additional tool to aid in the diagnosis of DM. Dogs testing At-Risk (A/A) can only pass the mutated gene on to their offspring.
An Equivocal test result indicates that the test results were inconclusive. This is typically the result of poor sample collection. When the test yields an equivocal result, a second punch will be taken from the FTA card and the test rerun. If the second test is still equivocal, the owner will be contacted and asked to submit a new sample.
Prevent TICKS AND FLEAS Naturally!
My homeopathic vet is adamant against the use of FRONTLINE and the poisons we use on and in our dogs. He recommended an all natural spray which I won't name, as I nearly passed out myself due to the strong smell, and instead, I experimented with GARLIC, granulated minced or fresh, and NO Ticks and NO Fleas on any of them. I distribute a good sprinkle on each meal morning and night. And no worries, their breath or body won't smell of garlic either.
& NO expensive and poisonous frontline and / or advantage :)
Links below are about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
"Zyflamend" works for Dogs Too! Arthritis and Degenerative Myelopathy
Zyflamend, grown and distributed by New Chapter, was one of those searches I did on the internet. That was several years ago. In 08 and 09 I faced "degenerative myelopathy" in the older dogs, plus, of course, arthritis. I lost both these wonderful dogs when they were not ready to go yet, nor was I ready to let them go. For them, Stella and Dian, I will continue to spread the word of this silent killer of many dog breeds.
Since Zyflamend helps me so much, I figured that due to its REgenerative properties, I should try and give it to the ol' dogs. I saw immediate improvement in their movement. Now, it didn't fix them, but it seemed to slow down the degeneration where it was when I first started giving it to them. Eventually no dog beats DM.
I had tried "amino caproic acid" but that was not doing anything for them. Zyflamend is more cost effective too. I give it to them twice a day, am/pm and I hide the pill in some canned dog food.
I do like TRAUMEEL pills for them as well. Not as comprehensive as Zyflamend, but inexpensive and no taste so easier to give to the dogs in their food.
All the best to you and yours with your aging four legged friends. Try and treasure them with quality of life as long as we can!
More info on DM with a forum to answer your questions as well
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