What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?
This is a slowly progressive muscle disease characterized by non-painful muscle weakness and wasting, especially over their back and legs. 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?
Signs are often first apparent at 5-6 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 currently no treatment for this form of muscular dystrophy.
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.