Acral Mutilation and Feet Analgesia
The French Spaniel is one of the few breeds affected by a rare hereditary disease called “acral mutilation and feet analgesia” or “hereditary sensory neuropathy.” This problem, initially reported in the German Shorthaired Pointer, the English Pointer and English Springer Spaniel was recently found in the French Spaniel.
The first symptoms appear between the ages of 3.5 and 12 months and consist of intense licking, biting and the mutilation of the feet, usually accompanied by ulcerated sores and infections of one or more legs. Some dogs will even self-amputate claws, pads or toes. Affected dogs walk on their severely mutilated feet without any evidence of pain or lameness.
Manon Paradis, DMV, MScV, Dip ACVD
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vétérinaire
Facult of Veterinary Medicine
University of Montreal
PO Box 5000, St-Hyacinthe
Quebec, Canada 12S 7C6
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