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Neuroaxonal Dystrophy In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

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neuroaxonal dystrophy in dogs: symptoms, causes, & treatments

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Neuroaxonal dystrophy in dogs, often referred to as NAD, is a genetic condition that causes a dog’s nerve cells to degenerate.

The disease can affect any breed of dog, but certain breeds such as Chihuahuas and Border Collies are more susceptible. Unfortunately, there is currently not a cure.

If you suspect that your dog may be suffering from nerve cells degeneration, please let us know. Consult your veterinarianFor a diagnosis and treatment plan, please consult your veterinarian. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of neuroaxonal dystrophy in dogs.

The Signs of Neuroaxonal Dystrophy InDogs

Neuroaxonal dystrophy in dogs can result in a range of symptoms depending on which part of a dog’s brain have been affected. The most common symptoms are:

  • It seems uncoordinated
  • Tremors in the neck or head
  • Vitamin E deficiency
  • Stumbling upon

The Causes of Neuroaxonal Dystrophy InDogs

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Unfortunately, we don’t know the exact cause of neuroaxonal dysfunction in dogs. Some breeds of dog are more susceptible to developing this disease, even though it is an inheritance condition.

The following are some of the most common breeds that appear to be affected by this condition:

Senior dogs and dogs that have been exposed may be at higher risk.

Veterinary Treatments

Your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination if your dog seems to be suffering from neuroaxonal disorder. They’ll order blood and urine tests. The first step in diagnosing a case involves excluding other medical conditions that could cause similar symptoms.

Unfortunately, NAD in dogs is not curable.

After confirming their diagnosis, the vet may prescribe anti-inflammatory and pain medication for your dog. Vitamin E supplements are also available to help with any symptoms. It is important that you follow all instructions and dosages if your vet recommends medication for your dog.

Your dog should be seen by their veterinarian regularly to check their health and ensure a fulfilling life.

Do you remember living with a dog with neuroaxonal dystrophy? What steps were you able to take to make sure they are happy and enjoying their best lives? Let us know all about it in comments below.

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