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Biko Brace for Dogs with Degenerative Myelopathy

Degenerative myelopathy (CDRM) is not uncommon, particularly in the German Shepherd, Boxer and Pembroke Corgi. It is a difficult condition to manage either medically or surgically. Whilst the progression of the degeneration can be delayed by dietary supplements, treatment options are very limited.

The Biko physio brace has been developed to assist the dog in walking and turning for as long as possible. This brace comes in 7 sizes - Once you have placed the order we will call you to insure selecting the correct size.

This brace is fitted to a standard dog harness with a D ring. If you need a harness please select the option below, or select No Harness if you already have one.

Degenerative Myelopathy (chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy CDRM)

Description and cause

Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive wasting disease affecting the hind limbs. DM occurs predominately in German Shepherds and Welsh Corgis, although it can on rarer occasions affect other breeds. The cause is unknown but genetic factors are suspected. There is a non-inflammatory degeneration of the axons in the white matter of the spinal cord, causing nerve impulses from the brain to fail to reach the hind limbs correctly. This will eventually lead to progressive hind limb weakness and paralysis.

Symptoms and diagnosis

Early cases can be confused with orthopaedic disorders, however proprioceptive defecits (poor foot placement) are an early indication of DM which are not seen so often in orthopaedic cases. Affected dogs are usually over the age of 5 years, symptoms progress over a period of time, 6 months to 3 years. Often the first sign an owner will see or hear is claw scuffing of the hind limbs. Progressive weakness of the hind limbs will initially cause the dog to loose balance, eventually the dog will loose weight bearing function completely. Thankfully this condition appears to be painless and most affected dogs seem almost to not notice and endeavour to carry on their daily lives as if unaffected.

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