ACC / ACCCT Health Project:
What is Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)?
DM is a progressive neurological disease resulting in spinal cord tissue destruction, causing affected dogs to loose hind limb mobility, which worsens until they can no longer walk. DM has been diagnosed in many large breed dogs and specifically found to have a genetic link in German Shepherds. Some feel that a growing number of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (CBRs) are being diagnosed with the condition, but this is currently unconfirmed.
Who is involved in the project?
The American Chesapeake Club (ACC) Health Committee and the ACC Charitable Trust (ACCCT) initiated the project in association with the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. The ACCCT will fund the project through donor contributions.
Where can I get more information?
To learn more about DM, readers may refer to the Health Committee insert (four light blue pages) included in the March/April 2007 issue of the ACC Bulletin. It is also available here as a PDF download:
Information on this study will be posted here. The November/December 2005 Bulletin also features articles on this disease.
Research participation forms are available below as PDF downloads.
How can I help?