Foresight Health® Spinocerebellar Ataxia


Our Foresight Health® single test for Spinocerebellar Ataxia is ideal for breeders and owners who want the reassurance of genetic health testing.

Our DNA test results are accepted by the Kennel Club.

The guideline turnaround time for single tests is approximately 10-12 working days after the swab arrives at the lab. 

If you need more than two tests it is often more cost-effective to order the relevant Foresight Health® breed package.


Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA) is an early onset progressive neurological disorder causing loss of balance and coordination as well as periods of muscle twitching which looks like seizures. Muscle twitching can get worse over time causing a tendency to overheat, and affected dogs are often euthanised due to quality of life.

An autosomal recessive condition caused by a mutation in the KCNJ10 gene.


This test is also included in the following Foresight Health® breed packages:


Scientific references:

Gast AC, Metzger J, Tipold A, Distl O. Genome-wide association study for hereditary ataxia in the Parson Russell Terrier and DNA-testing for ataxia-associated mutations in the Parson and Jack Russell Terrier. BMC Vet Res. 2016 Oct 10;12(1):225

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