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This is a genetic disorder that affects the portion of the brain that controls movement and coordination.  The purkinje cells, neurons in the cerebellum, begin to deteriorate and leads to a progressive disorder.  The quality of life that the dog will have will erode to a drastic degree.  The dog will remain mentally alert through the entire ordeal, although that may be difficult to determine as they lose control of their body.  There are breeds more prone to this disorder: Airdale Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Kelpie, Bavarian Mountain Dog, Beagle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Border Collie, Brittany, Bullmastiff, Chinese Crested, Coton de Tulear, English Bulldog, Finnish Harrier, Gordon Setter, Irish Setter, Parson Russell Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Labrador Retriever, Lagotto Romagnolo, Miniature Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, Papillon, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rough Coated Collie, and Samoyed.  Symptoms can include:

  • Head Tilting
  • Poor Balance
  • Wide Stance
  • Stiff Gait
  • High Stepping
  • Walking on Knuckles
  • Inability to Climb Stairs
  • Inability to Stand Without Aid
  • Head Tremors
  • Body Tremors
  • Internal Tremors
  • Loss of House Training
  • Confusion
  • Blindness
  • Seizure