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Pet Health Concerns: Cerebellar Ataxia

Cerebellar Ataxia is a  genetic brain disease that causes brain cell loss. This neural condition leads to muscle problems such as of muscle movement incoordination which is typically due to a lesions forming on parts of the cerebellum. The cerebellum is a part of the brain that is located just above the brain stem. The cerebellum is involved in the coordination of balance, voluntary motor movement, equilibrium, and muscle tone. Symptoms of this condition can vary, depending on which portion of the cerebellum the lesions form. Symptoms may include instability, difficulty balancing, irregular body movements, frequent falling, inability to stand up, or tremors. This condition is most often found in Spinone Italiano and Old English Sheepdog breeds. This progressive condition can manifest very early in young pets. Unfortunately, there is no current cure available.

To learn more about Cerebellar Ataxia 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.

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