The DM Prevention Program
(how to keep a dog healthy)

The DM Prevention Program focuses on anti-oxidants, for anti-oxidants counteract and prevent free radical damage.  As free radical damage can lead to nerve cell death, the protocol aims to prevent this event from occurring.  The best way to prevent DM, is to protect against nerve cell death.

  • High potency B-complex (B 50)
  • 400 IU of vitamin E daily (over 2 years of age, give 800 IU)
  • 250 mg vitamin C twice a day (over 2 years of age, give 500 mg)
  • 100 mcg of selenium daily (over 2 years of age, give 200 mcg)
  • 500 mg of borage oil twice a day
  • 12,500 iu Beta Carotene (over 2 years, give 25,000)
  • 1 mg/kg (or 1 capsule) Ginkgo bilboa 2-3 times a day
  • 1 capsule (or cup) Green tea twice a day
  • 50 mg Grape seed extract once a day
  • 2 sardines or 1 T ground flax seeds
  • 1-2 Raw Garlic Cloves (crushed)

Add these supplements gradually, one new supplement every few days.  That way, if something does not agree with your dog, you will know what has caused the problem.  Overloading the digestive system of a dog with all new things at once is never advised.  Vitamin C is NOT recommended for dogs with IBD.

Do not feed foods with artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.  Try to limit exposure to pesticides.

Remember to check with your vet before administering any of the above supplements, as I have no way of knowing what other supplements your dogs may be taking, and if there will be any conflict.

Always check for the latest updates.

For those of you who may have seen that the dosages of Vit C and E I give to Joss are higher than recommended for the prevention program, my vet is a firm believer in the benefits of Vit C and Vit E.  Joss has never had a bout with Pano, and his bones are good and strong.

* The DM prevention program has been compiled by Dr. Roger Clemmons, Associate Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery, at the University of Florida.

Thank you, Dr. Clemmons, for your unwavering devotion to researching DM, and for all you have done for German Shepherd Dog owners, worldwide.  We will always be most grateful to you.

I am not a veterinarian.  The links mentioned and the information provided at this site are meant as a convenience for the readers, and are not endorsements.

    May all your dogs live a thousand years :)
    Marjorie and Jack Flash (throughout eternity)
    .....two hearts, two hearts that beat as one... know its true, everything I do, I do it for you....

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