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Neurologic

This is a Brain and Spinal Cord condition.

Neuroaxonal Dystrophy, NAD

What is NAD?

This group of diseases center around the neuronal axon, a specialized cellular structure that helps our nervous systems relay information across great distances. Remember: messages from the brain sometimes have to travel the entire length of your dog! Axons are the portion of the nervous system that transmit these messages quickly and reliably. When axonal disease is present, affected animals show signs that are consistent with a delay between the brain and the body: sometimes they walk with an incoordinated gait, or don't seem to know where their limbs are relative to the ground, leading to scuffing or dragging of the paws.

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

When axonal disease is present, affected animals show signs that are consistent with a delay between the brain and the body: sometimes they walk with an incoordinated gait, or don't seem to know where their limbs are relative to the ground, leading to scuffing or dragging of the paws.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Signs develop in puppies.

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.

What actions should I take if my dog is affected?

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

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