ACC / ACCCT Health Project -
What is Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)?
DM is a progressive neurological disease resulting in spinal cord tissue
destruction, causing affected dogs to loose hind limb mobility, which
worsens until they can no longer walk. DM has been diagnosed in many large
breed dogs and specifically found to have a genetic link in German Shepherds.
Some feel that a growing number of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (CBRs) are
being diagnosed with the condition, but this is currently unconfirmed.
Who is involved in the project?
The American Chesapeake Club (ACC) Health Committee and the ACC Charitable
Trust (ACCCT) initiated the project in association with the University
of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. The ACCCT will fund the
project through donor contributions.
Where can I get more information?
To learn more about DM, refer to the ACC Health Committee material (along
with research participation forms) posted at www.amchessieclub.org
How can I help?
»If your dog has been positively diagnosed with DM, or if
you suspect your dog may have this disease, refer to the website material
and contact the appropriate ACC Health Committee member. All contacts
will remain confidential.
»Support from the CBR community is critical to the success
of this project. All Chesapeake owners may participate by donation to
ACCCT (see below).
Support Your ACC Charitable Trust!
Donations from ACC dues renewals were up this year and we appreciate your
continued support! Thank you!
How can you help further?
Your thoughtful donation will ensure the DM study and subsequent health
projects benefit both you and your dogs. When contributing, please indicate
HEALTH as the fund to be credited.
»PayPal is now available for donations - go to the ACCCT website
http://members.cox.net/accct/ and follow instructions. Major credit cards
are also accepted through this site.
»Mail directly to: ACCCT, 9934 Pratt Court, Santee CA 92071-1530
Questions about contributions may be sent to ACCCT@cox.net