Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) - Alpine Dachsbracke

Spinocerebellar ataxia is a hereditary neurodegenerative disease affecting Alpine Dachsbracke dogs amongst other breeds. This is an early-onset disease caused by a defect voltage-gated sodium channel which plays an essential role in neuron function in the central, as well as peripheral nervous system. The described defect causes structural changes in the brain and brainstem, including the region of the brain where the optic nerves cross. Clinical signs of affected dogs include severe tremors, loss of balance, uncoordinated movement, falling, impaired vision and ataxia or muscular incoordination. 

Inheritance: autosomal recessive - read more

Mutation: SCN8A gene

Genetic test: The method used for genetic testing is extremely accurate and allows complete differentiation between affected animals, carriers and healthy dogs. DNA testing can be done at any age.

Disease control: read more

DNA test sample: EDTA whole blood (1.0 ml) or buccal swabs. Detailed information about sampling can be found here.


52.00 €

  • You can order free sampling kit.
  • Only one sample is required for each animal, even if you order several tests.
  • Samples are stored for the option to order additional tests.
  • We offer expert assistance in interpreting the results.
Suitable for breeds
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