Diagnosis and Treatment of CH

Please always get veterinary advice – there are many different neurological conditions that can affect puppies and dogs.
If a puppy or dog is showing the symptoms listed, please contact your vet as soon as possible.
Disclaimer:   We are not veterinary professionals – the information provided has been gathered through our own reading as we look to support Holly.


It’s really important that your puppy visits a veterinarian professional as soon as you are aware that there are symptoms that suggest that the pup is having difficulties.  A vet will ask questions regarding the dog’s parents if there were any complications with the birthing of the pup, and the symptoms you have witnessed and any other relevant information.  The vet will assess the puppy by carrying out a physical examination.  The vet may deem it necessary for blood work to be carried out to rule out other conditions and possible causes of the symptoms.

The vet is likely to diagnose CH on just a physical examination (like Holly) however, an MRI  scan can be carried out if confirmation is necessary[1].

Important:  If you do have a puppy that is showing these symptoms, it is vital that you contact a vet, don’t just presume it is CH from reading this.  There are many other neurological conditions that can show similar symptoms of Cerebellar Hypoplasia that need different medical care.  Always seek professional advice.

Treatment of Cerebellar Hypoplasia

There is no treatment for CH but some medication may be used if a vet deems it as necessary.  There is no cure for CH but dogs can learn to manage the condition with different training techniques.  One of the most important things is to ensure a dog with Cerebellar Hypoplasia is kept safe and looked after in a way that reduces the risk of accidents and injuries. 

Dogs like Holly the Lab can have a very happy, contented life with the right care. Their lifespan isn’t limited by Cerebellar Hypoplasia, however other conditions have been linked to Cerebellar Hypoplasia, so it’s important to have your dog checked regularly by a veterinarian professional.  You can find out more about the support Holly has had by clicking here.