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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
** Degenerative myelopathy was diagnosed, but GSD DM was not confirmed.
* There was no evidence of primary disease in the indigestive system, heart/vascular system, liver or lungs, but
they were all involved in the hemangiosarcoma.
Interpretation of necropsy results:
WSCC CH HOOFPRINT COSMIC RAJA V HYLOWE
Sire: Hoofprint Leamon
Dam: Hoofprint Abby
Owner: Tiffany Tittl
Breeder: Joane Chanyi
October 16, 1994 – September 6, 2004
9 years 11 months
The cause of death in this patient was acute rupture and hemorrhage associated with metastatic
hemangiosarcoma. The primary tumor is difficult to ascertain, but the spleen, liver, mesentery, lung, heart
(right atrium) and colon were all involved. She had a one-year history of hind limb paresis, and evidence of both
inetervertebral disc disease and degenerative myelopathy was present on examination. There is no evidence of
digestive system, skin, ocular or other skeletal diseases. Most of the report is a description of the various organs
involved in the cancer and the cells they contain.
Supplemental Report: The degenerative myelopathy lesions noted are believed to be secondary to the multiple
disk protrusions noted grossly and not due to the hereditary form of German Shepherd degenerative myelopathy.
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