Startle Disease or Hyperekplexia is an inherited neurodegenerative disease. First symptoms like... more
Startle Disease or Hyperekplexia is an inherited neurodegenerative disease. First symptoms appear 5-7 days after birth. Affected dogs show extensor rigidity and tremor evoked by handling. Symptoms cease when dogs are relaxed or sleeping. The puppies are unable to stand and show rigid extended posture in all four limbs. Additionally, cyanosis appear while suckling. Affected puppies have to be euthanised.
Australian Shepherd, Irish Wolfhound, Miniature American Shepherd, Spanish Greyhound
1-2 weeks after arrival of the sample in the lab