This is a difficult disease for an owner to spot until it has hit the later stages. It can be genetic or it can be a secondary result of a disease such as chronic pancreatitis. There is a lot of speculation and research going on about the subject. It is not the death sentence. Your dog can live a happy active life if properly treated.
If you suspect your dog may have this issue, please go to a vet and have it tested. Here are some common signs:
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If you suspect your dog may have this condition, please, please, please take it to a vet for testing.