Species affected: Dogs
Background: Degenerative myelopathy is an autoimmune disease similar to multiple sclerosis, causing inflammation of nerve sheaths in the spinal cord. It is most common in German shepherd dogs.
Symptoms: Progressive weakness and ultimately, paralysis.
Diagnostics: Rule out arthritis, tumors, spondylosis.
Special Notes: Exercise is an important part of slowing the process.
Principles for Supplementation: Natural support involves nutrients that aid neurological health as well as musculoskeletal health; many of the animals have advanced arthritis along with DM.