Canine Health Foundation Degenerative Myelopathy DVD Available

Monday, July 16, 2007

RALEIGH, NC - The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), in cooperation with Scout's House in Menlo Park, California, is pleased to announce the release of an instructional video outlining how dog owners can correctly care for their pets diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy (DM).

DM is a degenerative spinal cord disease affecting primarily, but not exclusively, German Shepherd Dogs. Affected dogs show progressive rear limb weakness and ataxia and eventually paralysis. DM is a "diagnosis of exclusion" meaning that since there is no genetic test available at the present time, other diagnoses must be ruled out before clinicians settle on DM. — so, the process of diagnosing DM can become time consuming and costly for the owner.

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Jeff Sossamon
Director of Development & Communications
AKC Canine Health Foundation
PO Box 37941
Raleigh, NC 27627-7941
(919) 334-4015 (b)    (919) 334-4011 (f)    (888) 682-9696 (toll free)

The AKC Canine Health Foundation, founded in 1995 by the American Kennel Club, is the largest nonprofit worldwide to fund health research exclusively for canines. Our goal is to help dogs live longer, healthier lives. The AKC Canine Health Foundation is the leader in non-invasive genetic health research, stem cell research, and biotherapeutics benefiting both canines and humans. Through the generous financial support of the American Kennel Club and the Nestlé Purina PetCare Co., we’re proud to announce we have allocated more than $18 million in canine health research through 74 schools and research institutions worldwide.

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