Canine Neuromuscular

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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).  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. This inherited disease is common in Labrador Retrievers, but is also found in other breeds, including:

  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • Bouvier des Flanders
  • Boykin Spaniel
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Curly-Coated Retriever
  • English Cocker Spaniel
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  • Vizsla

Click here for a complete list of breeds tested and carrier/affected rates observed at the University of Minnesota

Services & Fees

Effective January 18, 2018

Samples must be received at least 2 business days before the scheduled testing day. 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:
Temporarily no testing
Turnaround Time:
7-14 bus. days

Samples must arrive the Thursday prior to the Monday testing date to be included.

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 their website for more information on these disorders as well as more information on EIC.

Other EIC Resources