My German Shepherd has DM (it is rather like MS or ALS in humans, an autoimmune disease where the CNS is attacked). She was on a raw diet until about two years ago when she had a stomach torsion. Since then she has been on BilJac (a fresh frozen, but still blended and probably not balanced food) After the torsion, I tried to put her on Oma's pride which is human-grade ground up meat/bone/fat or vegetable or fruit mixture ground up and frozen in a tube (closer to the raw I was feeding but easier to eat and digest, no whole bones, etc.). It made her DM much worse. Back to BilJac and the DM was better.
Does anyone have information on DM (or for that matter MS or ALS) being "treated" (symptoms slowed) with diet? I have one site from a vet in Florida who has a diet mixture I haven't analyzed yet, but thought I might get additional input from someone here...
She is 14 and perhaps the raw diet has given her just that much more time than I would have had otherwise, but she's recently been going downhill more perceptibly and it never hurts to ask! :-) I had another shepherd (mix?) that died 14 years ago at the age of 16 from the same thing. Her kidneys eventually failed as the degeneration progressed up the spine. (her diet was higher-quality-than-pet-store dry food, so just a little better than chips and hotdogs ;-)