About our canine disease test
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Unfortunately, purebred dogs frequently suffer from the effects of inbreeding. The fact that the gene pool is limited due to breeding of related animals means that there is a lack of genetic diversity. One of the biggest nightmares for a breeder or dog owner of having pure breed dogs is their tendency to be afflicted with inherited diseases. Disease mutations within a dog’s genetic coding are passed down the family tree, giving rise to generations of puppies born with diseases or carry the disease.
Improve your dog’s health with our dog DNA test!
Not all canines display visible symptoms of inherited disease, it is possible that a healthy looking dog may be hiding a nasty or life-threatening disease in his or her genes. Our test can help reveal the presence of such genes in the tested dog’s DNA. Some dogs are born with recessive genes, meaning that the dog is a genetic carrier of the disease, possessing the ability of passing the disease to the generations that follow.
Dog DNA testing gives you the ability to help improve the health of your litter. Vets, as well as pet owners and breeders are turning towards canine DNA testing to ensure their dog’s health and promote genetic health. Thanks to our dog disease testing service you can embark on selective mating based upon scientific evidence, choosing only the fittest dogs for mating.
All this data is retrieved from a simple, pain-free test. Buccal (cheek) swabs are all that is needed in order to gain more information about a dog’s genetic health background.
We offer testing for the most common type of diseases found in canines:
|Type of Disease||Main dog breeds||Symptoms and Prognosis|
|Uric Acid DNA Test (Hyperuricosuria)||Bull Dogs, Black Russian Terrier, Dalmatians||Characterised by the formation of bladder stones; the stones causes pain and inflammation in the urinary tract. Blood in urine and frequent urination are often also symptoms. Condition can be life threatening.|
|Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) in Canine Breeds. Also known as chronic degenerative radiculomyelopathy||German Shepherds, Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Boxers||The disease results in muscle weakness and lack of coordination. Dogs often begin staggering or wobbling as they walk. Incontinence and paralysis may also result and dog will lose its ability to walk.|
|Centronuclear Myopathy||Labrador Retrievers (disease was previously known as Labrador muscular myopathy)||Muscle weakness, aversion to exercise and activity; difficulty eating, fatigue. The condition is rarely fatal.|
|Cystinuria||Newfoundlands, Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, English Bulldogs, Chihuahuas. Genetic testing only available for Newfoundlands||Urinary tract blockage, frequent urination, blood in urine and several infections.|
|Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC)||Dogs clinically affected by Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC) will often begin to exhibit leg weakness followed by a complete collapse after just 5 to 15 minutes of strenuous activity.|
|Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis (HNPK)||Labrador Retrievers||HNPK affected dogs will develop dry, rough crusts on the tip of the nose. In extreme cases, the dog’s nose will crack causing severe discomfort.|
|Multidrug Resistance 1 (MDR1)||MDR1 affected dogs are at risk of developing neurologic symptoms from several common drugs.|
|Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration (PRA-prcd)||PRA-prcd is inherited as an autosomal recessive disease. Degeneration of both rod and cone photoreceptor cells of the retina of PRA-prcd affected dogs usually occurs 3 to 5 years of age or later.|