What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?
Signs include weakness, unsteady gait, generalized muscle wasting, and exercise intolerance. The severity of the disease can vary between individuals of the same litter, with some animals being so severely affected that euthanasia is elected and others maintain a good quality of life after symptoms have stabilized.
When do signs and symptoms develop?
Signs develop in juvenile dogs.
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?
Currently there is no treatment for IMGD; mildly to moderately affected dogs usually stabilize by 2 years of age and enjoy a normal lifespan.
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.