Degenerative Myelopathy Resources

Coming soon!  Group Learning Sessions:  Degenerative Myelopathy

Small group classes to help dog parents whose dogs have been diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy.  

Want to be the first get info on this opportunity?  Click here and send us a message.  Select The SAM System from the drop down and indicate in the message that your dog has DM.

Sammie has DM and can get around nicely in her wheelchair

A diagnosis of degenerative myelopathy can be devastating for a pet parent. BUT dogs with DM can continue to live active and healthy lives for quite sometime.

In the human population physiotherapy is a well known therapy for multiple sclerosis (MS) a progressive neurological disease that has some similarities to DM. Physiotherapy has been proven to improve mood, help with mobility/movement, and enhance a sense of wellbeing. (Wiles rt al., 2001).

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is another progressive neurological disease that is very similar to DM. While ALS is not curable, it is considered “treatable”. A treatment plan for this disease is a collaboration across health professions and physiotherapy plays an integral role to maximize function and minimize symptoms at various stages of the disease (Dal Bello-Haas, Vanina, 2018). 

So how does this related to our furry friends…..? If physiotherapy works for people can it work for dogs? In short, YES! 

We are able to provide virtual consults and webinars for pet parents of dogs with DM

👍Ask us how we can help!👍

Sammie and Reggie going for a walk

Resources for dogs with DM.  This form includes research, genetic testing info, wheelchairs and other good stuff to help you help your dog!🐶

Research/Protocols

Blog: Daily Physiotherapy Increases the Lifespan of dogs with DM

Blog: Get Them Upright

Importance of getting your dogs with paralysis, into an upright position

Please note we are updating the resources frequently. Please check often!