Canine Neuromuscular (EIC)


The goal of our Canine Neuromuscular Disease Testing service is to provide highly accurate and reliable genetic testing for the condition known as Exercise-Induced Collapse (EIC). This inherited disease is common in Labrador Retrievers, but is also found in other breeds, including Curly-Coated and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Boykin Spaniels, Bouvier des Flanders, German Wirehaired Pointers, Old English Sheepdogs, Cocker Spaniels and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Affected dogs typically become weak in the hind limbs and collapse after 5-20 minutes of high intensity exercise, such as in field trials or upland game hunting, and in some cases simple fetch and retrieves.

Services & Fees

Effective March 21, 2016                               

Note on days tested and turnaround times: Samples must be received at least 1 business day before the scheduled testing day. New client accounts can take up to 2-3 business days to establish before testing can begin. Samples may not always be tested on the first scheduled day after they arrive; however, it is our goal to complete testing within the posted turnaround time.

Specimen Requirements:

1) 1-3 ml whole blood OR  2) 1-2 dew claws (NEWLY WHELPED PUPPIES ONLY) OR 3) 2 sterile 6" cheek swabs

Shipping Container:

1) EDTA tube  2) ziploc bag or red-topped tube  3) see the submission guidelines below

65.00 (see comments)
Days Tested:
M, Th
Turnaround Time:
7-14 bus. days

Fee is per dog; VDL testing fees are priced as low as possible and already at volume discount, due to the number of samples run in the lab at one time. No further volume discount is possible. Please note that we cannot update the result report with registration information if a tattoo or microchip was not verified at the time of testing. PLEASE DO NOT SEND OFA DATABASE PAPERWORK OR PAYMENT WITH THE SAMPLE.

See the EIC home page for more information.

Disclosure of financial interests: This test was developed through financial support from the AKC Canine Health Foundation. To date, proceeds from EIC testing at the University of Minnesota have returned more than $100,000 to the AKC Canine Health Foundation to further its mission to improve the health of all dogs. Drs. Mickelson, Patterson, and Taylor, and Ms. Minor are the patent owners of this genetic test, a portion of the proceeds go toward patent royalties.

Three labrador retrievers

The UMN VDL currently conducts testing for canine exercise-induced collapse (EIC).

The Canine Genetics Laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine also tests for Alaskan malamute polyneuropathy (AM-PN) and Leonberger polyneuropathy (LPN1 and LPN2) as well as other genetic disorders. Please see the links below for more information on this testing:

Other EIC Resources