L2HGA is an uncommon but debilitating disease of Staffordshire Bull Terriers and crossbreeds. Its main symptoms are seen in young dogs and show signs of fits, abnormal behaviour, muscle cramps and walk with a wobble.
As you can see from our picture, those that aren’t affected by the disease go on to live long, happy, healthy lives but those found to have the defect often die before their third birthday.
The disease is inherited from the dog’s parents. It has been found in both purebred Staffords and in Staffie crosses, where a recent study by this group found that 2.5 in every 1000 rescue Staffordshire Bull terriers and their crosses have the disease.
L2HGA is an unusual problem because of the popularity of the breed and the fact that many dogs are not from well controlled breeding programmes. Careful breeding, using very simple DNA tests could completely eradicate this terrible disease that also has a traumatic effect on the family.
Have a look at the Animal Health Trust website for more information – and keep SPREADING the word, to vets, breeders, and rescue centres – you’re making a great difference to a lovely breed.
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This is little Willow. Cute isn’t she? Sadly, tonight she went to Rainbow Bridge. She suffered from a cruel and debilitating disease called L2HGA. She was only 3 years old. There are still a lot of vets and Staffie owners who know nothing about the condition. Please, if you have friend who are staffie owners or thinking of getting a staffie, share this website with them and help us spread awareness of the disease.
This is a little know degenerative disease, mostly seen in Staffordshire Bull Terriers. It’s heartbreaking to watch a dog who has this. I know. My daughter’s Staffie, Willow, has it. It was originally diagnosed by her first vet as merely a pulled muscle. This happened twice and thankfully, my daughter having her Mum’s tenacity, wasn’t happy with this first diagnosis and went elsewhere for help. She videoed Willow out on a walk and showed it to her vet, Drew at Rowan Veterinary Centre, who advised tests for L-2-HGA. Sadly, they came back positive, but Willow has a mild form of the disease. It can be accompanied by fits as well.
If you have, or know of anyone who has a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or may be thinking of getting one, please make them aware and ask them to pass this information on. Registered breeders should be aware of the condition and able to assure you that their dogs are free from it.
More information can be found on the L-2-HGA website
Yes, I will keep banging on about it until the message gets through!