Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Progressive Retinal Atrophy(PRA) occurs in several breeds and is caused by several genetic mutations. The mutation responsible for PRA in the Irish Setter is on the Phosphodiesterase, or PDE β-subunit gene. Early signs of PRA are dilated pupils and increased "eye shine". This normally indicates that night-blindness has already developed. From first onset the dog will usually progress to complete blindness within one year. PRA is painless and dogs generally adjust very well to their slow loss of vision. 

VetNostic Laboratories™ genetic tests for Progressive Retinal Atrophy can reliably identify dogs that are either clear, or possess one or two copies of the PRA causing gene. Thisclearcarrier, 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.

Irish Setter

Price: $65.00
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