Cerebellar abiotrophy is a degenerative condition of the brain. Found in pets, specifically in dog breeds such as Border Collie’s, Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s, Gordon Setter’s, Kerry Blue Terrier’s, and Scottish Terrier’s, this condition causes the degeneration of neurons in the cerebellum which leads to progressive coordination problems. This genetic nervous system disease causes Perkinje cells in the neurons of the brain to begin to dying. Symptoms of cerebellar abiotrophy include balance and coordination problems and can begin in the pet soon after birth. The origins of this hereditary condition are still unknown. Unfortunately, there is no current treatment available for this condition in pets either.
To learn more about Cerebellar Abiotrophy in dogs, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.
Has your pet ever been diagnosed with this condition? If so, please feel free to leave us a comment below with any advice, experiences, of thoughts on this serious condition.