Foresight Health® Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures


Our Foresight Health® single test for Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures 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 Foresight Health® breed package.


Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures (NEWS) causes affected puppies to be born small and not develop normally. From around three weeks of age affected pups suffer from weakness, body tremors, followed in a few weeks by seizures which do not respond to treatment. Puppies usually die or are euthanised shortly after the seizures occur.

An autosomal recessive condition caused by a mutation in the ATF2 gene.


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


Scientific references:

Chen X, Johnson GS, Schnabel RD, Taylor JF, Johnson GC, Parker HG, Patterson EE, Katz ML, Awano T, Khan S, O'Brien DP. A neonatal encephalopathy with seizures in standard poodle dogs with a missense mutation in the canine ortholog of ATF2. Neurogenetics. 2008 Feb;9(1):41-9

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