Early Symptoms

Early symptoms of degenerative myelopathy

Does Degenerative Myelopathy Hurt?

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 in Bladder Infections, Blog, Early Symptoms, Long Term Symptoms

Does Degenerative Myelopathy Hurt? Even though it should be common knowledge by now that degenerative myelopathy is not a painful disease there may be times when your dog can’t get comfortable and starts to whine and may even seem like its in pain. I want to re-assure you that degenerative myelopathy is NOT a painful disease however, it can be very frustrating for your dog. Certain breeds of dogs have a lot of energy and when they can’t do exactly what they want they get frustrated. Thats why you should always give your dog lots of physical exercise to keep them entertained and...

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How the DM Journey Begins

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 in Blog, Early Symptoms

For anyone coming to this site for the first time, here is a link to my very first post and it is a good place to start if you are looking for information about the early symptoms of degenerative myelopathy.  Each post goes in chronological order as the disease progressed with my dog Wrangler. Start here and follow through the posts, best of luck on your journey.

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Wagging Tails and Lifting Legs

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 in Blog, Early Symptoms

I’m not sure when Wrangler stopped wagging his tail but he no longer does.  I’ve read on websites where people become saddened that their dog can no longer wag it’s tail.  Boxers show enough emotion with their faces that it doesn’t really bother me  and I didn’t really notice when he stopped.   When I watch early video’s of Wrangler I can see his tail points upwards when he’s running around in his cart.  Now his tail always points down except when he pees.  It’s actually a nice indicator that he’s trying to pee when he pulls himself onto...

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Dragging Feet and Dog Boots

Posted on Feb 17, 2011 in Blog, Dog Boots, Early Symptoms, Product Reviews

Unfortunately Wrangler has now started to drag his back feet while he’s in his cart and his paws have started to bleed.   I’ve tried several different kinds of shoes but didn’t really find anything that didn’t fall off or didn’t hinder wrangler trying to use his back legs.  Websites have mixed feelings on whether you should use boots on dogs with DM.  Some sites claim it does more harm than good. The best boots I found that actually are Pawz Reusable Dog Boots, they are little rubber boots that look almost like balloons.  They are tight enough that he...

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Unable To Stand

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 in Blog, Early Symptoms

Wrangler is now unable to stand on his own. He hasn’t been able to walk for quite some time but until now I’ve still been able to place him in front of his bowl to eat or drink and he could stand on his own. He is no longer able to do this so I have to hold him up for everything now. He is now 100% disabled. He’s still very happy and is quite good at telling me what he wants. I work from home and keep him on a fairly regular schedule. As I’ve never posted Wrangler’s schedule before I thought it might be helpful to show what an average day is like We wake up at...

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Flippin’ Carts – Loving Life!

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 in Blog, Early Symptoms

Wrangler is really staring to enjoy his cart. After the initial 2 weeks it took him to decide if he’d even try his cart he is now really liking it. I try to encourage him by saying “wanna go in your wheels” instead of saying “wanna go for a walk”.   He now thinks this is something fun and is becoming more and more comfortable being in his wheels. Currently I’m able to leave his legs down, free from the stirrups and he uses all 4 legs. Although I’ve found it sometimes takes him a few strides to get all 4 legs working together. He will drag his back...

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