Genetic testing for several inherited canine vision disorders is available to dog owners and breeders. Among the tests available are those for several forms of progressive retinal atrophy, retinal dysplasia, primary lens luxation and cataracts. Unfortunately, not all inherited eye disease in all breeds can be tested for at this time.
Breeders will no longer have to remove affected or carrier dogs from the breeding program. These tests allow for selective breeding to genetically clear dogs, significantly decreasing the risk of producing affected puppies.
Tests are available to breeders, owners, and veterinary specialists. The tests require either a blood sample or a cheek swab. For more information about the tests available, where the individual tests are performed, what samples are necessary, and other new developments refer to the links for the laboratories below.
OptiGen, LLC, Cornell Business & Technology Park, 767 Warren Road, Suite 300, Ithaca, New York, 14850; www.optigen.com
Animal Health Trust (AHT), Lanwades Park, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7UU; www.aht.org.uk
University of Missouri; www.caninegeneticdiseases.net
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, 2300 E Nifong Boulevard, Columbia, Missouri, 65201-3806; www.offa.org/dnatesting/index.html
VetGen, 3728 Plaza Drive, Suite 1, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48108; www.vetgen.com
PennGen, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 3900 Delancey Street, Room 4013, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6010; netapps.vet.upenn.edu/PennGen/SampleTesting/default.aspx
Antagene, 2, allee des Sequoias, 69760 Limonest, France; www.antagene.com
Genetic Technologies Ltd, PO Box 115, Fitroy Vic 3065, Australia; www.gtglabs.com
Genomia s.r.o., Teslova 3, 301 00 Pilson, Czech Republic; www.genomia.cz
Genindexe, 6, rue des sports, 17000 La Rochelle, France; www.genindexe.com
Genoscoper, Genoscoper Oy, P.O. Box 36, 00501 Helsinki, Finland; www.genoscoper.com/en/
Health Gene, Health Gene Corp, 2175 Keele St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; www.healthgene.com
Laboklin, 61 Mouldsworth Ave, Manchester M20 1GG, UK; www.laboklin.co.uk
Inqabiotec, 525 Walker Street, Muckleneuk, Pretoria 0002, South Africa