Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Myelopathy in Dogs is showing encoring evidence in slowing the progression of this tragic neurological condition and possibly even reversing it. Degenerative myelopathy in dogs also known as chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy, is a rare slow, progressive spinal cord disorder of unknown cause that is most commonly seen in aging German shepherds and a few other large breeds of dogs such as Belgian shepherds, Rhodesian ridgebacks, standard poodle, Boxer, and rarely bulldogs. The high incidence in German shepherds suggests a genetic basis for the disease. Most dogs deteriorate over the course of a few months to year and are eventually euthanized.
The cause of the Degenerative myelopathy in dogs is unknown (i.e. idiopathic), although it is believed to be an autoimmune mediated disease, a condition in which the body’s immune system begins to attack its own nerve cells. The age of onset in German Shepherd, bulldogs and other breed is 5 to 14 years, with an average age of 10 year old. Male dogs are affected more than females. The high incidence in German shepherds suggests a genetic basis for the disease.
Degenerative Myelopathy in German shepherd and other breeds is slowly progressive. Affected dogs get progressively weaker usually in the hind and more uncoordinated as the disease process progresses. Most dogs neurological condition will progress over 4 to 6 months from the time of initial diagnosis.
Degenerative Myelopathy should be suspected in any middle aged German shepherd with progressive weakness and loss of strength and coordination in the rear legs. Tests should be done in order to rule out other diseases like hip dysplasia, disc disease, cancer and other degenerative conditions who might exhibit similar clinical symptoms.
Dr. Kraemer’s Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Myelopathy in dogs Tip #1: A complete neurologic examination should be done in the diagnose process of degenerative myelopathy. and x-rays should be taken to rule out orthopedic problems that may have similar signs. More advanced imaging like CT and MRI might be recommended.
Dr. Kraemer’s Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Myelopathy in dogs Tip Tip #2: More advanced test like contrast radiographs and spinal tap might be necessary to rule out other causes of progressive weakness and loss of coordination. Many dogs with degenerative myelopathy spinal tap results will show an increased protein concentration in the spinal fluid.
Dr. Kraemer’s Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Myelopathy in dogs Tip Tip #3: We now offer a DNA testing for degenerative myelopathy for both German shepherds as well as other breed. This DNA testing is an accurate, convenient, and affordable test to help breeders avoid producing dogs who has a high DM markers and at risk to their offspring. DDC Veterinary’s DNA test reveals one of the 3 possible genotypes for degenerative myelopathy:
• CLEAR (those having 2 copies of the normal allele and appear to be normal).
• CARRIER (those having 1 copy of the normal allele and 1 copy of the mutation and most appear to be normal).
• AT RISK (those having 2 copies of the mutation and will likely show clinical signs.)
Dr. Kraemer’s Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Myelopathy in dogs Tip #4: A few treatments have been recommended, of which the most promising are regenerative medicine therapies such as stem cell therapy. Yet no good controlled studies have been performed so far,
Dr. Kraemer’s Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Myelopathy in dogs Tip #5: Dr. Kraemer offers in house, same day state of the art stem cell therapy at his hospital (Vet4HealthyPet Advanced Medical Care). Dr. Kraemer’s stem cell therapy is a patented in house treatment, the harvesting, extracting, activating and injecting are all done within hours from the patient arriving. For Degenerative Myelopathy patients the injections are typically given IV, Intrathecal (subarachnoid space) and also to the lumbar muscles at the acupuncture points. Dr. Kraemer also will cryobank a portion of the stem cell for at least two additional treatments at day 30 and 60. For Degenerative Myelopathy patients the cryobanking is at a reduced fee (compassionate case)
Dr. Kraemer’s Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Myelopathy in dogs Tip #6: Dr. Kraemer also offers other low cost non pharmaceutical therapeutic modalities like Pulse Electromagnetic Therapy (PEMT). PEMT is can be done by the pet owners at home as a low cost alternative or as a complementing therapy with other treatments. Dr. Kraemer also offers in house class 4 Cold Laser Therapy for pet’s suffering from Degenerative Myelopathy.
Dr. Kraemer’s Stem Cell Therapy for Degenerative Myelopathy in dogs Tip #7: Other traditional medications offered for Degenerative Myelopathy pets are usually Glucocorticoids and NASID’s