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Muscular

This is a Muscular condition.

Ullrich-like Congenital Muscular Dystrophy

What is Ullrich-like Congenital Muscular Dystrophy?

This form of Ullrich-like Congenital Muscular Dystrophy is due to a variant in the COL6A3 gene. This is a non-painful, progressive disease. You may observe atrophy of the limb and chewing muscles and cloudiness in the eyes.

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

This is a non-painful, progressive disease. You may observe atrophy of the limb and chewing muscles and cloudiness in the eyes. Dogs eventually have difficulty walking. Problems with swallowing and breathing have been reported in other forms of muscular dystrophy, although it is unknown if they commonly occur in Ullrich-like Muscular Dystrophy.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Affected dogs may present with early onset of joint deformities and/or joint laxity (looseness) between five to six months of age. Slow progression continues into adulthood.

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 are no widespread treatments, and management is aimed at supportive care and maintaining quality of life.

What actions should I take if my dog is affected?

  • Give your dog any medication as prescribed by your veterinarian.
  • Keep your affected dog comfortable and give them the best quality of life you can.
  • Slings can be used to assist with mobility, and caution should be taken to avoid falling hazards.