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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
* Mild cardiac valvular endocardiosis
Interpretation of necropsy results:
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JULE'S CHRISTMAS REKA
Sire: Grumdahl's Goliath
Dam: Tumbledown's Lady Francesca
Owner: Mary Anne P-Rogers
Breeder: Judy Grumdahl
November 29, 1997 – February 24, 2006
8 years 3 months
The most noteworthy findings on this examination are changes that are commonly seen with aging. These
include mild lumbar spondylosis (arthritis bridging the bones of the spine) and degenerative joint disease
(arthritis) in the right hip and the left knee. There is no evidence of hip dysplasia, as the left hip is not affected.
Microscopically there was degeneration of the myelin sheath that covers the spinal cord in the lumbar area.
This was not German Shepherd Dog Degenerative Myelopathy, but rather was consistent with the type of
myelopathy seen in aged animals. This is more likely the cause of Reka’s inability to use her rear limbs than was
the arthritis in her spine.
Other changes that were not manifesting in disease included splenic capsular fibrosis and chronic, focal, mild
hemosiderosis. It is not uncommon to see some fibrosis, or deposition of less flexible/scar tissue, in the organs
as pets age. The hemosiderosis is deposits of pigment within the spleen, which are not clinically or functionally
significant. Pulmonary multifocal interstitial ossification is some calcium/bony deposits within the lungs, which
are also likely secondary to inhaled irritants or infections during Reka’s life. This did not likely cause any
compromise to her lung function. Mild cardiac valvular endocardiosis is small bacterial deposits on the valves of
the heart. Often this can be related to a chronic source of bacterial infection such as dental disease and can lead
to significant problems; however, in this case it did not seem to be causing any compromise to cardiac function.
There is no evidence of primary disease in digestive system, endocrine system, skin, liver/pancreas, or eyes.