Did you know that Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a serious disease that affects a variety of breeds including Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, German Shepherds, Corgis and even Dachshunds? If you notice your Dachshund’s mobility has started slowing down and he appears to be having trouble moving his backend, please call your vet right away as this could be a sign of DM. DM is an incurable disease of the nerves and spinal cord, which can cause loss of mobility and feeling in the legs. Only your vet can diagnose DM. Symptoms of the disease include a progressive weakness of the hind area, difficulty rising, difficulty jumping, stumbling, knuckling of the toes and dragging of the nails, wearing of the inner toes or the rear paws, and loss of muscle in the rear legs. The disease is not painful; however, it may cause your dog distress. Click here to talk with your veterinary clinic Westlake Village, CA to learn more.