Ceroid lipofuscinosis is a neural condition that causes progressive neurodegeneration. Ceroid lipofuscin is a bi-product that occurs and accumulates in the cells of the brain. As a neurodegenerative disorder, it can later cause excessive lipopigement accumulation in organs such as the liver, spleen, kidney, and myocardium. This metabolic disorder is most common in dog breeds such as Border Collie’s and Tibetan Terriers. Ceroid lipofuscinosis eventually destroys brain cells which leads to abnormal neural function that can cause progressive and permanent motor loss.
In order to diagnose this condition, veterinarians will usually conduct diagnostic tissue and Electroencephalography (EEG) tests. Unfortunately this condition does not have a cure at the time being, however, anti-epileptic medications are available to be taken to control seizures that may occur as this condition progresses. Approximate veterinary costs for diagnostic test and medications for this condition can scale up to several hundred dollars.
To learn some more about Ceroid Lipofuscinosis in these breeds, 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, we’d love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this serious condition.