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Checklist of common diseases:
Heart and Vascular system diseases
Immune system diseases
Intervertebral disc disease
GSD degenerative myelopathy
Non-genetic symptoms/side effects of other conditions
Interpretation of necropsy results:
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Sire: Grumdahl's Goliath
Dam: Tumbledown's Lady Francesca
Owner: Shelley Stone
Breeder: Judy Grumdahl
November 29, 1997 – April 10, 2006
8 years 4 months
The most significant finding that may explain Lily’s loss of control of her hind end is multifocal chronic mild
myelin degeneration. This is not German Shepherd Dog Degenerative Myelopathy, but likely an age-related
change that may have been a result of multiple areas of inflammation, perhaps through the years inflamed
intervertebral discs that periodically put pressure on the spinal cord and the myelin coating it. Even though the
microscopic lesions are mild, it is possible that this caused the severity of disease experienced by Lily. The presence
of spondylosis (arthritis) in the lumbar spine supports the theory that during her life Lily did periodically have
inflammation to the intervertebral discs in at least those areas.
Hair loss and calluses on the hind paws are secondary to the inability to place her feet properly. There is calculus,
or hard build-up of tartar, on her upper molar teeth, and the crowns of her teeth are worn from chewing. The
microscopic enlargement of her parathyroid glands is not of any significance.
There is no evidence of primary disease of the digestive system, endocrine system, heart/vascular system, lungs,
skin, liver/pancreas, or eyes.