Pet Health Concerns: GCL-Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy - The Trupanion Blog
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Pet Health Concerns: GCL-Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy

Globoid cell leukodystrophy, or GCL is a very rare, but serious neurological disorder that occurs in pets. With this condition, a specific enzyme associated with nerve impulses is not present in proper quantities, which eventually causes the white matter of the brain to break down over time. Cairn Terriers and West Highland White Terriers are two specific dog breeds that are most susceptible to this condition, however, many types of dogs can be diagnosed with this condition.

Symptoms of GCL are weakness, coordination issues, stiff gait, tremors, vision problems, and other changes in the pets behavior. To diagnose globoid cell leukodystrophy, a series of diagnostic tests must be performed, such as blood tests and an MRI. Unfortunately, with how rare this condition is, there is still no cure available for it, for those dogs that suffer from it.

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 experienced any problems with globoid cell leukodystrophy? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.

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