Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy


Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy most often affects the voluntary muscles of the shoulders and hips. Dogs with this condition have weakened and atrophied muscles of the shoulders and hips from the time they are puppies.

  • Signs and symptoms

    This is a progressive muscle disease characterized by non-painful muscle weakness and wasting, especially over the shoulders and hips. However, the muscles of the heart and respiratory muscles can also be affected.

    Signs are often first apparent at 1-3 months of age.

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  • Diagnosis

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

  • Treatment

    There is currently no treatment for this form of limb girdle muscular dystrophy.

  • What to do if your dog is at risk


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

  • Genetic Information

    This mutation was first described in Boston Terriers.

    This disease is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, meaning that affected dogs must have two copies of the mutation to show clinical signs.

    Gene names:

    SGCD ‐ chr

    Inheritance type:



    Cox et al 2017

  • Breeds affected

    This health condition affects the following breeds

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