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Cerebellar Hypoplasia in Dogs

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Cerebellar hypoplasia is a condition where the cerebellum (lower part of the brain) is not completely developed at birth. This condition can occur due to intrinsic (genetic) causes, or to extrinsic causes like infections, toxins or nutritional deficiencies.


Symptoms of cerebellar hypoplasia can be immediately present at birth in dogs but usually take two months or longer to become present. Typically cerebellar hypoplasia causes jerky movements, tremors and overall uncoordinated movements.

Dogs with cerebellar hypoplasia can learn to live with the condition and can lead a relatively normal and healthy life as long as the owner is willing to support the handicap. Your dog may fall down and have some trouble walking and/or running.


There is no treatment for cerebellar hypoplasia but the condition does not get better or worse with age. Most dog's learn to compensate for it and should have a normal lifespan. Afflicted dogs can lead a fairly normal life as long as you are willing to accommodate the handicap.

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