Maddix has a genetic defect that he unfortunately inherited from his parents. This genetic defect is called Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (I’ll just call it NCL). This genetic defect causes a slow deterioration in Maddix’s use of his back legs. Basically he is slowly becoming paralyzed by the defect.
Some of the visual signs of it are:
- loss of feeling in his feet that causes him to attempt to walk on the top of his feet (knuckled up)
- General instability in walking
- splayed legs while standing
- instability on slippery surfaces. Sometimes his feet slide out from under him.
Other then his issues caused by his defect he is a happy dog that still enjoys playing and following me around the house.
The life span for a dog with Maddix’s defect can be anywhere from 4-7 years. Maddix is going to be 4 years old in the fall of 2008. Usually the owner is forced to euthanize the dog because the deterioration of the disease cause the dog not to be able to take care of itself such as going to the bathroom and moving to get food etc.
Maddix and I wanted to pass on a little info and let people know about him and his problems. Below are some links to learn more about the disease and if you have any questions feel free to email me!
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