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A group of disorders that affect the brain and eyes of dogs.  Cells across the body have lysosomes that break down cellular wastes.  This disorder lacks one of the enzymes needed for proper destruction of fat and protein.  These non broken down parts then collect in neurons of the body, disrupting normal operations.  This accumulation usually reaches a high enough mass to interfere in mid to late life.  Once symptoms begin, there is a progressive loss of both mental and physical abilities.  Breeds more often prone to this are: American Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier, Australian Cattle Dog, Border Collie, Chihuahua, Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund, Dalmatian, English Setter, Golden Retriever, Japanese Retriever, Miniature Schnauzer, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Tibetan Terrier, Welsh Corgi.  Symptoms can include:

  • Lack of Coordination
  • Abnormal Gait
  • Loss of Balance
  • loss of Eyesight
  • Seizures
  • Anxiousness
  • Aggressiveness
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Death