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WE are conducting a research project on canine degenerative myelopathy (DM) and would ask colleagues to help by contributing affected cases (diagnosed by exclusion of compressive and inflammatory spinal cord diseases on MRI and cerebrospinal fluid analysis [CSF] plus genetic testing).
Canine DM has an insidious onset, followed by progressive non-painful neurodegeneration of the spinal cord. It was initially described in German shepherd dogs in 1973 (Averill 1973). The disease affects both sexes, at about eight years of age and leads to pelvic limb ataxia …