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Questions about Cerebellar Hypoplasia

What is cerebellar hypoplasia?

In a dog’s brain there is a section known as the cerebellum, this typically fully develops when the dog is still inside the womb. When the cerebellum does not completely develop, this may be known as cerebellar hypoplasia. This may be a disease that could be inherited, caused by an infection in the womb or a toxin that the mother may have been in contact with while pregnant. Normally, this disease may be caught when the puppy is learning how to walk. For more information regarding cerebellar hypoplasia such as does this disease affect certain breed, are there certain parts of the world that cerebellar hypoplasia is more common and is there a test that can be done to diagnosis this condition. Read below where an Expert has answered many commonly asked questions regarding cerebellar hypoplasia.

Could a dog with cerebellar hypoplasia take something similar to Botox injections for tremors in the hind legs? The hind legs tend to fall out from under the dog when running.

In some leg conditions, Botox may help with leg muscles, however, in cerebellar hypoplasia this typically may not help. The reason for this may be due to the fact that cerebellar hypoplasia is a condition within the brain, not the nerves in the legs. Now, as for the reason that the dog’s legs fall out from under them this may be due to the cerebellar hypoplasia. In some cases, when a dog becomes excited, tremors may become worse; running could make the dog’s brain work faster in return causing the legs to not work properly.

Would it be possible for a dog that has cerebellar hypoplasia to be more difficult to potty train

In some situations of cerebellar hypoplasia, a dog may have difficulty walking. This may typically be due to the cerebellum not being formed completely during the development stages in the womb,. Now, as for a dog having difficulty with potting training, typically this ability may not be found in the cerebellum. Normally, this is connected with the cerebrum part of the brain. So, in some cases, where a dog has cerebellar hypoplasia, the dog may not have difficulty potty training.

Can cerebellar hypoplasias have an effect on a dog’s vision?

Cerebellar hypoplasia is a disease that affects the brain and how it operates. In some cases this disease could affect a dog’s vision. The reason for this may be due to the fact that the main part of vision starts in the brain, where pixels are transmitted into 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional pictures and objects. Now cerebellar hypoplasia may be one of the few diseases that may not get worse as the dog ages, with that being said the dog’s vision should not worsen from the disease.

Does a dog that has cerebellar hypoplasia need a special diet?

Cerebellar hypoplasia may be one of the few diseases that may not be diet related or require a special diet. However if may still be a good idea to maintain a strong and stable nutrition plan, this help with the dog’s immune system so the dog does not become sick so easily. Another reason for a good nutritional diet may be so the dog does not become over weight. Dogs with cerebellar hypoplasia have difficulties with walking to begin with; if the dog becomes overweight the dog’s legs may not be able to hold the dog up at all.

Cerebellar hypoplasia may be a very complex condition, considering that this disease affects the brain. In some cases this disease may affect a dog’s legs mildly or severely; some dogs may have to resort to being in a wheelchair. Some dog owners may have never heard of cerebellar hypoplasia, in which they could be very frightened if their dog has this disease. They may ask several questions such as, what is the treatment for cerebellar hypoplasia and can this disease cause death to a dog. Contact an Expert for answers to these questions and many others.
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