Degenerative Myelopathy

Articles about Degenrative Myelopathy

Borrow Our Cart 11 July 2015
by Linda Grisley, President KBTF of Canada

The KBT Foundation of Canada has acquired a dog wheelchair to be offered as a loaner to any Kerry Blue owner in Canada who may need it.

Canine Degenerative Myelopathy 11 July 2015
by Tammy Callan, Director of Health and Genetics, KBTF of Canada

Canine degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease of the spinal cord seen in older dogs, typically between the ages of 7 and 14 years.

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) 11 July 2015
by Lynn Mathers, Director H & G

In 1973 a new autoimmune disease was diagnosed in German Shepherds. The disease has been recognized for more than 35 years as a spontaneously occurring, spinal cord disorder in dogs. It was called “Degenerative Myelopathy” (DM) and it was believed to affect these dogs between 5 and 14 years of age.

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) 07 July 2015

Some medical researchers theorize that this disease is similar to Multiple Sclerosis in humans.

Heartbreak !!!!!!! The story of Pebbles' struggle with Degenerative Myelopathy 11 July 2015
by Dick Noe

In late June 1998 we noticed, our 10 1/2 year old Kerry, Pebbles dragging her left rear foot as she walked across the kitchen floor. Nothing much, just a slight scrape, but enough that Lucy said ,"Pebbles must need her nails
trimmed because I can hear her nails on the floor.

Mielopatía Degenerativa 11 July 2015
by Lynn Mathers, Director H & G

New Gene Mutation Discovered to Cause CDM in Dogs 02 April 2018
by Linda deLeon

DOGenes Inc., a company devoted to genetic testing and research for dogs, is the group that discovered the CDM (Canine Degenerative Myelopathy) gene and mutation. To date, the CDM2 mutation has been found in 8 breeds (including two from the Terrier group – Airedales and Tibetans), and excluded in many more. Kerries are not positively known to have the new gene and mutation, nor are they excluded. DOGenes, Inc. hopes to find out which group our dogs are in.
For their research, DOGenes is very interested in identifying dogs with clinical signs of CDM, but they also need a general sampling of Kerries in an attempt to see if this new mutation is found in the general population. Specifically, they need to find at least 50 Kerry owners who would be willing to donate DNA samples from their dogs for this research and who would also be willing to update their records as the information that they entered may change over time.

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Today is July 18, 2019

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