Laboklin have put together a DNA testing package exclusively for members of the UK Giant Schnauzer Club, which covers all 3 of the recommended DNA tests: prcd-PRA, PRA5 and DCM, plus HUU & DM.
The cost of the package is £138 (inc vat) for the x5 DNA tests, and is available until the end of 2021.
(N.B. Assured Breeder Scheme discount does not apply for this bundle)
To order the DNA test package:
- Request a DNA testing kit from Laboklin on the following link: Request DNA Testing Kit by choosing from the Giant Schnauzer option: Giant Schnauzer Club UK bundle ( DM2 + DCM + SLC + PRA5 + prcd-PRA )
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for an individual voucher code and order form
- Send swabs and completed order to Laboklin
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a debilitating disease that causes gradual paralysis in many dog breeds. It is caused by a degeneration of the spinal cord that onsets typically between 8 and 14 years of age. It presents first with the loss of coordination of the hind legs. It will typically worsen over six months to a year, resulting in paralysis of the hind legs. If signs progress for a longer period of time, loss of urinary and fecal continence may occur and eventually, weakness will develop in the front limbs.
Hyperuricosuria (HUU) is an inherited disorder characterized by elevated levels of uric acid in the urine that can lead to the formation of bladder/kidney stones.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) is an inherited disease characterized by a swelling of one of the heart’s ventricles (lower chambers). The left ventricle is affected more often than the right. This weakens the ability of the heart to pump blood and consequently the heart becomes larger and the beats become weaker. This test identifies the RBM20 mutation first discovered in Schnauzers.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd-PRA and PRA5) is an inherited eye condition which causes retinal degeneration and subsequent blindness. Two types of PRA have been found in the Giant Schnauzer prcd-PRA and also PRA5, a novel form of PRA caused by a mutation in the NECAP1 gene.