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Muscular

This is a Muscular condition.

Inflammatory Myopathy

What is Inflammatory Myopathy?

A disease characterized by exercise intolerance, weakness, and muscle atrophy first characterized in the Dutch Shepherd. These signs are progressive, and affected dogs will be unable to walk by about two years of age.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

Signs include weakness, gait changes, and muscle atrophy.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Signs first appear at 3-9 months of age.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Genetic testing, clinical signs, and muscle biopsy can be used to diagnose this disorder.

How is this condition treated?

There is no treatment currently for this disorder. In the study affected dogs were euthanized by two years of age due to the profound muscle weakness.

What actions should I take if my dog is affected?

  • Keeping your affected dog comfortable and giving them the best quality of life you can are the only actions you can take at home.