Degenerative myelopathy (DM) presentation

Degenerative myelopathy (DM) is an hereditary, non-painful, progressive degenerative disease of the spinal cord. DM only came to the attention of the Glen community as recently as 2019 but since then, that first 'case' has been confirmed by post mortem examination, another two Glens have been clinically diagnosed with DM and a further Glen is 'suspicious' for the disease.

The Glen of Imaal Terrier Breed Health and Conservation Plan (BHCP) ... a collaboration between the Kennel Club and the two UK breed clubs ... lists DM as 'at watch' and has DNA testing for DM listed under 'Breed Club Breeding Recommendations'.

  • The presentation below aims to provide an overview of DM, including how it affects the Glen of Imaal Terrier and why breeders are now being recommended to DNA test their breeding stock.


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