Golden Retriever Muscular Dystrophy

Golden Retriever Muscular Dystrophy (GRMD) is associated with a mutation on the dystrophin gene. Because this gene is located on the X-chromosome, which males only have one of, GRMD predominantly affects males. Female dogs often show no clinical signs or have a very mild form of the disease. Dogs with muscular dystrophy begin to show clinical signs at about eight weeks of age. Symptoms include muscular weakness, exercise intolerance, stiff gait, enlargement of the tongue, and difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). Life expectancy depends on the severity of clinical signs. Death may occur within the first few days in the case of severe complications or dogs can survive for up to several years. There is no cure or specific therapy for GRMD. Prevention involves identification of female ‘carriers’ and their exclusion from any breeding program.

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Certification of Results

VetNostic Laboratories® will provide a certificate for each test result.


The following sample(s) can be submitted for the testing:
- Cheek swabs

Reporting Results

Test results can be viewed through your VetNostic Laboratories® web account within 10 business days from the moment the samples arrive at the laboratory. Results can also be reported via Mail, E-Mail, or Fax.

DNA Storage

VetNostic Laboratories provides DNA storage for all of our extracted specimens. If a customer wishes to perform an additional test on a previously extracted specimen they can simply call or email us with the animal's name and/or VNL number along with the test to be performed. This storage is provided free of charge.

Golden Retriever

Price: $65.00
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