Epilepsy – brain disorder resulting in periodic seizures
Cerebellar Ataxia – problem with the part of the brain controlling coordination. American Stratfordshire Terriers can develop this.
Hydrocephalus – an increase in the amount of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain, literally “water on the brain”
Cerebellar abiotrophy – degeneration of brain neurons in the cerebellum, resulting in incoordination that becomes progressively worse. Kerry Blue Terriers and Scottish Terriers seem to have a higher incidence.
Encephalitis – an inflammation of the brain that can occur due to infections, viruses, skull fractures, wounds or old age
Strokes – brain dysfuntion causing interference with function of various parts of the body
Signs of brain damage may include fits, twitching, tremors, sideways flicking of the eyes
As with all diseases, propensity does not mean your dog will suffer from these ailments. Regular check-ups at the vet and being aware of any symtoms can keep problems to a minimum.