Acral Mutilation Syndrome (AMS) is an inherited sensory neuropathy disorder affecting several sporting breeds. The disease is characterised by insensitivity to pain in the feet ( acral analgesia ) which can be associated with sudden and intense licking, biting and severe self-mutilation of the feet, while proprioception, motor abilities and spinal reflexes remain intact.
Affected puppies look smaller than their healthy littermates.
Symptoms maybe followed by further complications such as infections, ulceration, nail loss, swollen paws and fractures.
Age of onset: 3-12 months