Degenerative Myelopathy

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs. Onset is usually between 7 and 14 years, and usually begins with a loss of coordination in the hind limbs.

Progression of the disease is generally slow but highly variable. An affected dog may survive up to three years or more. Eventually cranial nerve and/or respiratory muscle involvement necessitates euthanasia.

Vetnostic Laboratories' genetic tests for Degenerative Myelopathy can reliably identify dogs that are either clear, or possess one or two copies of the DM causing gene. This clear, carrier, or affected result can help breeders determine which animals to include in their breeding program.

Volume discounts are available for Breeder Clubs, etc. Please contact us for more information.

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.

American Hairless (Rat) Terrier
Bernese Mountain Dog
Boston Terrier
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Doberman Pinscher
English Bulldog
German Shepherd Dog
Kerry Blue Terrier
Lakeland Terrier
Old English Sheepdog
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Saint Bernard
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Price: $65.00
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