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Monday 17th of December 2018

Cerebellar Degeneration

General information on Cerebellar Degeneration

Cerebellar degeneration is a disease in which the nerve cells slowly and progressively die in the cerebellum and is caused by the canine herpesvirus. Cerebellar degeneration is believed to be breed specific; seen in breeds such as Golden Retrievers, Cocker spaniels, Rough-coated Collies, Great Danes, Labrador Retrievers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Gordon Setters, Bullmastiffs, and others. Cerebellar degeneration is also said to be genetic. However, the exact genetic traits remain unknown. The onset of cerebellar degeneration can occur at any age. Puppies that are affected by the disease tend to appear normal for the first few months and then to slow begin to show signs of uncoordination. Cerebellar degeneration leads to premature aging and death of the cerebellar cortical neurons. In many cases of cerebellar degeneration, the disease stabilizes.

Symptoms of Cerebellar Degeneration

Some of the symptoms of cerebellar degeneration may be: a lack of coordination, jerking movements, falling and stumbling, overreaching of the paws, a broad stance, swaying of the body, head tilt, vestibular ataxia, altered mental behaviors, and decreased reactions.

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Treatments for Cerebellar Degeneration

There is no cure for cerebellar degeneration. It is important in the care of a cerebellar degeneration affected dog that a regular diet is implemented. Areas where additional injury can occur due to a fall should be avoided.

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