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Pet Health Concerns: Axonal Dystrophy

Although axonal dystrophy is rare, it is a serious condition that causes the nervous system to function improperly. With this disease, nutritional abnormalities occur within the axons of the nervous system. An axon is a long nerve fiber of a nerve cell in the nervous system that conducts electrical impulses throughout the body. This disease affects the axons by causing swelling within the nerve cells, ultimately, affecting muscle movement in animals. There may be several culprits for this condition, some being hereditary conditions, vitamin E deficiencies, certain toxicities, and cystic fibrosis. Axonal dystrophy can occur in humans, cats, and dogs. Unfortunately, there is no current cure available to treat this condition.

For further information about axonal dystrophy in cats and dogs, check out our Pet Health Concern Guide and see why Trupanion pet insurance may be right for you and your pet.

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