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Breeds Serviced

  • Gordon Setter
  • Olde English Bulldog

Hereditary Ataxia

Hereditary ataxias or Canine Hereditary Ataxias (CHA)are a heterogeneous disease group, characterized by cerebellar degeneration and dysfunction. The cerebellum is a part of the brain that is involved in coordination of movement. Degeneration of the cerebellar structures causes ataxia, which is a neurological sign of defective motor coordination that can affect gait, balance, speech and gaze.

The test offer by VetGen was developed by Dr. Natasha Olby at North Carolina State University, in collaborations with the Canine Genetic Disease Network. They identified a mutation in RAB24, a gene associated with autophagy, in Old English Sheepdogs and Gordon Setters with autosomal recessive hereditary ataxia.

Result types: Clear or Affected