Overview of Cerebellar Hypoplasia in Dogs
The cerebellum is a portion of the brain. Cerebellar hypoplasia is the incomplete development of the cerebellum. This can be caused by an inherited disease or an infectious, toxic or nutritional problem.
This disease is most common in young developing puppies – generally under 6 weeks of age. Signs become visible as the puppy begins to try to walk.
This disease can be inherited in some dogs – especially chow chows, bull terriers, wire haired fox terriers, Irish setters, Boston terriers and Airedales.
What to Watch For
Signs will vary with severity and may improve slightly as a pet tries to overcome its deficiencies. Signs of cerebellar hypoplasia in dogs may include:
Diagnosis of Cerebellar Hypoplasia in Dogs
The diagnosis is sometimes made based on the age, clinical signs and by predisposed breed in dogs.
However, additional tests may be preformed to look or other possible causes.
Treatment of Cerebellar Hypoplasia in Dogs
There is no treatment for this disease in dogs. Therapy is supportive.
Avoid stairs and climbing or other activities that may allow your pet to hurt himself based on his level of function.
Severely affected pets that are unable to eat, walk or groom may be euthanized. Diagnosis can be confirmed on necropsy.
Only administer drugs and medication as directed by your veterinarian.
Some pets are functional and make acceptable pets. The deficits are generally permanent but non-progressive. Some symptoms may appear to improve as the pet adapts to their abilities. Their life span is normal.