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Is Degenerative Myelopathy A Painful Condition for Dogs?

Is Degenerative Myelopathy A Painful Condition for Dogs?

Yes, in many cases Degenerative Myelopathy can be painful for your dog.

Degenerative Myelopathy is the slow paralysis of your dog's body. Degenerative Myelopathy causes several secondary conditions, which are often painful. 

Yes, Degenerative Myelopathy is painful because:

For example, your dog's rear paws will likely knuckle or curl over. In severe cases your dog will hold this toe curl in a fixed position. When this happens, as your dog walks the skin will likely become damaged and bleed. Their toenails will become shorter, sometimes down to the quick which can be incredibly painful. This is called Paw Knuckling and you can read more here:

We recommend you help your dog by:

It is recommended to get your dog boots to protect the skin and nails from further damage. See specialist dog knuckling boots here:

Dogs with Degenerative Myelopathy will likely experience (often severe) unsteadiness in their rear leg and also muscle wastage. This can increase their chance of falling over, which can be painful. You might want to consider getting a rear harness or sling, to help steady your dog in the house or on walks. Many dog owners with Degenerative Myelopathy get a dog wheelchair which will take the weight off your dogs back legs, allowing them to go on longer walks and to stay active. A dog wheelchair can really transform your dog’s life.

Read more about dog wheelchairs here

Read how a dog wheelchair can help your dog live an active life with Degenerative Myelopathy

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