Home of the Degenerative Myelopathy Support Group: (Degenerative Myelopathy
is the canine equivalent of Multiple Sclerosis). This site includes warning
signs of the disease, tests, treatment program, message boards, links for
items ill pets will need, indoor pools for dogs, directions for joining
our DM newsgroup, articles I have written entitled "Two Hearts: Our Battle with
Degenerative Myelopathy", "Two Hearts: The Final Chapter", and of course,
photos to make you laugh and think... Built with love and determination,
this site is dedicated to my German Shepherd Dog soulmate, Jack Flash,
who I lost to Degenerative Myelopathy in August of 1998.
It is my goal to present a site which is both educational and heartwarming.
Hopefully, this site will alert people to the early warning signs of this
dreaded disease in the only source of totally unconditional love in the world -
the love we get from our pets. Additionally, it is my intention to create
a *safe* haven for people to turn to, when they find their dogs have been
diagnosed with this debilitating and fatal disease. Through information
gleaned from my site, people will learn how they can help their ill fur
friends live longer, quality lives.
I promised Jack Flash, as he was closing his eyes for the last time, I would
help smooth the way for others who have to walk the path we had to travel.
It is my intention to keep that promise, until the day a cure is found for this
insidious disease. I will not rest, until the disease that took him from me,
is also permanently laid to rest..
If you have a German Shepherd dog that has passed on, then please visit Heaven's Gate
a database created to further research in determining the cause of death in the German Shepherd dog. This database was created in December of 2003. If you entered information prior to this date, please re-enter your information, as the database is now more comprehensive, and previous entries have been removed.
The GSDBBR is open to all owners of Registered German Shepherd Dogs, worldwide, that have titled dogs or dogs within 5 generations of their dog's pedigree that are progeny/ littermates of these titled dogs. German Shepherd Dogs entered upon this database must comply with their country's breed standard.* This registry will house information pertaining to German Shepherd Dogs, both alive and deceased. You may only post information about a dog you own!
This Registry has been created in an attempt to gather comprehensive health information which will enable breeders to make more informed breeding choices and to avoid doubling up on health issues.
Thank you :)
Please take a few moments to complete our DM survey by clicking on this button:
There have been no long term studies conducted of the OFA/University of Missouri DM DNA Test to validate
the designated status of tested dogs or the validity of the test, itself! Dogs declared *Clear* by the
test have been found to have Degenerative Myelopathy (aka DM) upon necropsy, as well as *Carriers*,
who are not supposed to develop DM, but possibly pass it on to the next generation.
The type of DM this test is researching does not involve sensory loss. The type of Degenerative
Myelopathy developed by German Shepherd Dogs involves total sensory loss. This research has thrown the
German Shepherd Dog Breed under the bus, as no research money is going towards German Shepherd Dog Myelopathy,
but funneled to the ONE project being promoted by the OFA. Diagnostic test results for the different
types of DM between various breeds are polar opposites, and sadly, those facts are simply being
ignored. Different diseases cannot be lumped into one category and called the same disease, for
convenience, when they are in fact, very different diseases in both course and presentation.
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Either click on any individual button that you see framed below or, use the drop-down menu
to visit the different areas of our site.
New Feature: You can now take a guided site "tour" by
starting with "DM Support Group"
and then simply follow any animated "link" buttons that say "NEXT" that you will
then find on each page thereafter. Those link buttons look like this...
* These sites will open in a separate browser window,
to allow you to remain at my site, and are not included within my Guided Site Tour.
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This is a not for profit website. This site is a support group for people who have dogs that are ill with Degenerative Myelopathy, and is provided to educate people in relation to Degenerative Myelopathy. We do not collect funds.
I am not a veterinarian. Material on this site is provided for informational purposes, only, as a convenience for people with DM dogs, and for those who wish to learn about DM. Do not administer anything mentioned on this site, unless you first discuss the treatment program with your veterinarian!
Thanks to Tom Cammarata for original web design.
A special thanks to William Elliott and Vicki Kniss for their tireless help and support to making this site available to the public, once again,
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