Morgan Sofia - 12 Years Young !
Morgan's DNA test results are back from the University of Missouri.
She has two copies of the DM mutation and is at risk for developing Degenerative Myelopathy, basically a deterioration of the spine.
Morgan Sofia is already exhibiting the initial symptoms, her back legs trembling and shaking. About 12 to 18 months ago it started on one side, now both of her back legs shake and tremble. Sometimes it's like she's having a tiny earthquake on the backside of her small frame.
Per all I've read, the condition is not painful, certainly she has become less tolerant over time of things like putting on her harness to walk, when I dry her off with towel if her tummy gets wet after she walks, and if I give her tiny massages on her back legs, she usually will growl at me a bit. Not in anyway aggressive, but certainly letting me know how she feels. She has always been very vocal in her special Corgi way, her canine voice keeps on letting me know to be gentle and patient with her and I certainly listen.
Morgan walks everyday, the vet said this is good for her, we always go at Morgan's pace which is much slower than Maddie's pace. Morgan is usually good for 20 to 25 minute walks. I take them to the St. Johns Town Center almost every morning and she does well. When she is done walking, she certainly lets me know and we don't go any longer than what she feels comfortable doing. Once we are back at the condo, both her and Maddie sleep for 2 or 3 hours. Deep, restful, sleep.
DM can progress within 6 to 36 months, at least that's what I've read. Overtime dogs who have DM lose the ability to walk with their back legs. Since the trembling and shaking can be caused by many other issues, I wanted to know if she could possibly have DM, there is no other way to know.
We are taking one day at a time ! ! Maddie is the best, Corgi sister, ever.
Maddie Louise & Morgan Sofia