Hereditary ataxia (HA)

Clinical signs are loss of balance, minor incoordination of gait and intention tremor, which... more
Disease
Hereditary ataxia is a progressive disease, clinical signs are loss of balance, minor incoordination of gait and intention tremor, which later progress to severe gait disturbances. Affected dogs will show first indications of cerebellar neurodegeneration at an age between six months and up to four years. In Norwegian Elkhounds this form of ataxia begins at the age of 4 weeks. The puppies slipped easily on the ground, occasionally fell over and had a hanging tail atypical for the breed. A deletion in the HACE1 gene could be identified as the causative mutation.
Breed
Gordon Setter, Norwegian Buhund, Norwegian Elkhound, Old English Sheepdog
Heredity
autosomal recessive
Test duration
3-5 days after arrival of the sample in the lab (Gordon Setter, Old English Sheepdog)
1-2 weeks after arrival of the sample in the lab (Norwegian Buhund)
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