Canine Ehlers-Danlos syndrome - anybody dealt with it?
Before anyone tells me.... I know I'm grasping at straws, I know this doesn't look good and the comfort and quality of life of the dog is the only deciding factor. Now that that is out of the way.
I just had a dog diagnosed with EDS. It is not 100% confirmed but so far all the tests done certainly point in that direction and she most likely will have to be put down. She's 3 1/2 months old and with her conditions, is much younger than most cases. She is considered 'severe' in the scheme of things. She has the type that affects joints although there is a sensitivity in her skin. The joints are the severe part, the skin condition is rated as mild.
She's the only one in the litter (or any of 4 litters) that has ever had this mutated DNA. It is rare and the researcher that my vet contacted said it has never (known) showed up in this breed. At least not that he is aware.
I am just hoping that someone has dealt with this or had some success with a treatment. I have just started researching it and it's not looking good. I just went for a laser treatment and asked the doctor about using laser on her joints, since I have had such an amazing experience with laser treating a number of issues. However, as he explained, I'm using laser to repair a damaged, but DNA-wise, a properly formed joint, muscle, ligament.... whatever. The laser cannot correct the DNA mutation.
So anybody? Good or bad I'd love some feedback.
And to explain what it is -
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a group of inherited connective tissue disorders, caused by a defect in the synthesis of collagen (a protein in connective tissue). Connective tissue helps support the skin, muscles, ligaments and organs of the body. Depending on the individual mutation, the severity of the syndrome can vary from mild to life-threatening. There is no known cure. Treatment is supportive.