Test Name: Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
Description: Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs; loss of coordination (ataxia) in the hind limbs, weakness, dragging feet, and, as it progresses, loss of urinary and fecal incontinence. This is not a painful disease.
Testing organization: Liz Hansen at the University of Missouri should be contacted if you or your vet suspect your Collie has DM.
Regular Price: $50.00, only for dogs showing clinical signs, blood sample sent directly to the University of Missouri lab or you can do CHIC DNA Banking and both ways you should email Liz Hanzen to let her know the sample is on its way.
Method and Test Ordering Instructions: This is one of the tests now covered by the Optimal Selection Canine Genetic Analysis test.
Direct questions to: HansenL@missouri.edu
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