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Pet Health Concerns: Cerebellar Hypoplasia

Cerebellar Hypoplasia is a condition of the brain in which the cerebellum is not fully developed and matured at birth. Causes of this condition are thought to be infection, malnutrition, or injury. The cerebellum is the portion of the brain that is located above the brain stem and it controls muscle tone, balance, and coordination. Symptoms of this cerebellar condition include difficulty walking, tremors, and uncoordinated movement.

Unfortunately, there is no current cure available to treat this condition. Having a pet that is affected by cerebellar hypoplasia requires making adjustments to your home so that your pet can live safely and not injure itself if balance and coordination symptoms appear.

To learn more about Cerebellar Hypoplasia in pets, 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.

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