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This is a Brain and Spinal Cord condition.

Acral Mutilation Syndrome

What is AMS?

HSAN is a rare condition affecting the dog's ability to feel pain.

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

Affected dogs display acral analgesia, a failure to feel pain in the toes, and self-mutilation behavior including intense licking, biting, and chewing of the feet.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Signs typically are first seen in puppies.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Genetic testing and clinical signs are used to diagnose this disease. Symptoms can appear similar to dogs with a food or environmental allergy.

How is this condition treated?

There is no treatment for this disorder. Certain medications may be prescribed to control symptoms.

What actions should I take if my dog is affected?

  • Follow your veterinarian's advice to attempt to minimize harmful behaviors.