Did you know that large breeds such as the Newfoundland are prone to various hip and hind end illnesses and joint pain as they age? For instance, Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is an incurable disease of the nerves and spinal cord, which can cause loss of mobility and numbness or loss of feeling in the legs. It is often compared to ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease in humans. DM is considered to be a fatal, chronic, progressive, degenerative disease that leads to eventual paralysis. Signs or symptoms of the disease usually appear later in life in most dogs and affects the hind limbs causing a decrease in mobility. As it progresses, the dog will lose all feeling in his legs. Some owners have found various types of physical therapy to help prolong quality of life. Learn more about this disease and treatment by talking with your local pet clinic Portland OR.