I am absolutely dreading the visit to my vets on Wednesday, since I am almost positive that my 12 1/2 year old German Shepherd Dog has degenerative myelopathy. I know that this disease is prevalent in GSD's, but never thought it would happen to my happy, healthy soul mate. Research has dealt me a bitter blow, since he is definitely displaying all the symptoms. Weakness in his hindquarters, loss of balance etc. There is no cure, but maybe, just maybe, with an appropriate diet, exercise, drugs and a few prayers, we may just prolong his life.