Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)


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Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)


Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a progressive neurological disorder that affects the spinal cord of dogs. Dogs that have inherited two defective copies will experience a breakdown of the cells responsible for sending and receiving signals from the brain, resulting in neurological symptoms.



Sample Type:

Animal Genetics accepts buccal swab, blood, and dewclaw samples for testing. Sample collection kits are available and can be ordered at test now.

Test Is Relevant To the Following Breeds:



Animal Genetics offers DNA testing for Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). The genetic test verifies the presence of the recessive DCM mutation and presents results as one of the following:

DCM/DCM At Risk The dog has inherited two copies of the mutated SOD1 gene and is homozygous for the mutation. The dog is at risk to develop the disorder during its lifetime. The dog will always pass a copy of the mutation to its offspring.
DCM/n Carrier/Low Risk Both the normal and mutant copies of the gene detected. The chances that the dog will develop the disease are very low and could pass on either allele to any offspring.
n/n Clear Dog tested negative for the DM mutation and will not pass on the defective gene to its offspring.