Cost of Treatment: $300 to $1,500
What is Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs?
Muscular Dystrophy is an inherited, progressive, non-inflammatory degenerative muscular disease caused by a deficiency of dystrophyin, a muscle-membrane protein. This genetic disease is associated to the X-chromosome in males, for this reason, males are most commonly affected. Signs of muscular dystrophy are usually seen in newborn dogs or those less than one-year-old.
Which Dog Breeds Are Most Commonly Affected by Muscular Dystrophy?
- Golden Retrievers
- Irish Terriers
- Pembroke Welsh
- Belgian Shepherds
- Rat Terriers
- Brittany Spaniels
- Labrador Retrievers
- German Short-Haired Pointers
- Miniature Schnauzers
Symptoms of Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs
- Abnormal gait
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Excessive drooling
- Exercise intolerance
- Heart failure
- Hunched back
- Increased muscle mass of some muscles
- Ineffective suckling in newborns
- Muscle wasting
- Sway back
Treatment of Muscular Dystrophy in Dogs
Glucocorticosteriods are often given to dogs suffering from non-inflammatory muscular dystrophy, but their effectiveness is variable and their exact mode of action in this disease is still unknown.