This is a Brain and Spinal Cord condition.

Spongy Degeneration with Cerebellar Ataxia 1

What is SDCA1?

This is a neurodegenerative condition similar to the human multisystemic SeSAME/EAST syndrome. However, unlike SeSAME/EAST syndrome, affected dogs do not show signs of kidney disease or deafness.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

Affected dogs show signs of cerebellar dysfunction at a young age (1 to 2 months old) including a lack of coordination walking, tremors, and poor balance. Seizures can also develop.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Signs are often first apparent at 1-2 months of age.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Unless a genetic basis is suspected due to the age, breed, or history of the dog, diagnostics must be performed to rule out infectious, inflammatory, or neoplastic causes.

How is this condition treated?

There is no treatment for this disorder. Certain medications may be prescribed to control symptoms. Dogs with this disorder often are euthanized.

What actions should I take if my dog is affected?

  • Keeping your affected dog comfortable and giving them the best quality of life you can are the only actions you can take at home.
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