Degenerative Myelopathy


Turnaround: 10-15 business days

Not sure how the process works? Have a read of our Frequently Asked Questions.

Our DNA test for Degenerative Myelopathy is ideal for breeders and owners who want the reassurance of genetic health testing.

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 breed package.


Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a disorder which affects the tissue of the spinal cord. This generally causes muscle atrophy and degeneration of the nerves beginning in the hind limbs leading to loss of ability to walk. Onset is usually around 8 years of age with loss of walking a year or so later.

An autosomal recessive condition with variable expression between breeds caused by a mutation in the SOD1 gene.


This test is also included in the following breed packages:

  • Alaskan Malamute
  • American Bulldog
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Australian Labradoodle
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Beagle
  • Border Collie
  • Border Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Briard
  • Bulldog
  • Bull Terrier / Miniature Bull Terrier
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Cavapoo
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Chinese Crested
  • Cockapoo
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Cockerdor
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Dobermann
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Finnish Lapphund
  • French Bulldog
  • German Shepherd
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Giant Schnauzer
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Goldendoodle
  • Gordon Setter
  • Greyhound
  • Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla
  • Irish Doodle
  • Irish Red & White Setter
  • Irish Setter
  • Irish Terrier
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Keeshond
  • Labrador Essential
  • Labradoodle
  • Lancashire Heeler
  • Newfoundland
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Parson Russell Terrier
  • Poodle Miniature
  • Poodle Standard
  • Poodle Toy
  • Pug
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Rottweiler
  • Rough Collie
  • Schnoodle
  • Sealyham Terrier
  • Sheepadoodle
  • Shetland Sheepdog
  • Smooth Collie
  • Sprocker
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Welsh Corgi Cardigan
  • Whippet


Scientific references:

Zeng R, Coates JR, Johnson GC, Hansen L, Awano T, Kolicheski A, Ivansson E, Perloski M, Lindblad-Toh K, O'Brien DP, Guo J, Katz ML, Johnson GS. Breed distribution of SOD1 alleles previously associated with canine degenerative myelopathy. J Vet Intern Med. 2014 Mar-Apr;28(2):515-21