Comparative Neurology Program

Canine Hereditary Ataxia

April 25, 2013 AHT/MU Joint Statement

Click here to read a joint statement from the Animal Health Trust and University of Missouri regarding the different cerebellar ataxias in Jack/Parson Russell Terriers.

March 8, 2013 ANNOUNCEMENT!!
DNA mutation responsible for PNA (Canine multiple system degeneration) in Kerry Blue terriers and Chinese Crested dogs has been identified - test available. Click here for discovery announcement & testing details.

December 21, 2012 ANNOUNCEMENT!!
DNA mutation responsible for spinocerebellar ataxia with myokymia and seizures has been identfied and a DNA test is available. Click here for discovery announcement & testing details.

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Cerebellar Degeneration in Old English Sheepdogs & Gordon Setters
In collaborations with the Canine Genetic Disease Network, Dr. Natasha Olby at North Carolina State University has discoverd the mutation responsible for ataxia in Old English Sheepdogs and Gordon Setters. A DNA test for carriers is now available. See Click here for testing details.

May 14, 2010 ANNOUNCEMENT!! (updated October 4, 2010) DNA mutation responsible for Neonatal Cerebellar Ataxia (NCA or Bandera's syndrome) in Coton de Tulears has been identified - test available as of May 25, 2010 for Coton de Tulear NCA. Click here for discovery announcement & testing details.

posted 03-27-06 - updated 3/8/13


Research into hereditary ataxia in dogs holds the promise of reducing the incidence of this disease. This site was constructed to provide information about hereditary ataxia for breeders, veterinarians and pet owners. For specific advice on the diagnosis and treatment of you pet, SEE YOUR VETERINARIAN.

Dennis O'Brien, DVM, PhD
Professor of Neurology
University of Missouri
College of Veterinary Medicine

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