What is Pug Myelopathy?
Also known as Weak Rears: Pug Ataxia-Paralysis
Pug Myelopathy is a recently recognized spinal condition called by a number of terms. The most recent terminology seems to have settled on “Pug Myelopathy” to describe a complex of lesions that can progress to paralysis of the rear limbs over a period of one to four years. The rear legs appear to be weak, but the cause is a neurological deficit that develops in the spine. Affected dogs may initially drag their feet, stagger, have trouble jumping and can be fecal and urinary incontinent. It usually affects just the rear limbs.
Since so little is known, there is no consensus among neurologists about the best way to treat it. Surgery may be appropriate for individual cases, but it must be considered as soon as possible after symptoms first occur and may only delay progression of paralysis.
Pugs affected with Pug Myelopathy are usually pain free and can lead excellent long lives with good nursing care.
It is important to have your primary care veterinarian arrange a referral for your Pug for an examination by a board certified veterinary neurologist or surgeon when symptoms of ataxia first appear. Continued
How you can help:
Help our research learn more about this disease:
1) Fill out the questionnaire by downloading the "Ataxia/Paralysis Database Individual Dog Form" and describe the your dog's history and neurological deficits. Send copies of medical records regarding your Pug's ataxia. If your Pug has already had an MRI and or CT scan please send us the results and recommendations you received for your dog.
2) Donate PUG DNA to the Purdue Genetics Study
Purdue Genetics Study
Pug Myelopathy Genetics Project Needs Pug DNA Blood Samples
Research now begins on the genetic basis of pug spinal disease. To participate READ MORE
Funded by AKC Canine Health Foundation and supported by Pug Dog Club of America
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