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Genetic Diseases

At Double R Retrievers, we test all our dogs for these diseases to ensure that you get a puppy that will never show symptoms of any of these disease.

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Diseases that are tested for prior to breeding

Animal Genetics - Canine genetic testing

Degenerative Myeleopathy(DM)

DM is a progressive neurologic disorder that affects the spinal cord of dogs.  This disease will present as an unsteady gate followed by weakening of hind legs and eventually the inability to walk.  This is a progressive disease which will over time cause inability to control bladder function and loss of normal function to front legs. The onset of DM is usually later in life.  

Progressive Retinal Atrophy(PRA)

PRA is a genetic mutation which causes cells in the retina to degenerate and therefore leading to blindness.  

Progressive Rod-Cone Degereration (PRA-prcd)

PRA-prcd is a form of PRA in dogs that cause cells in retina to degenerate.  Over time vision loss may be evident with usually night vision first followed by day time vision.  This usually occurs indigos around 3-5 years of age. 

Ichthyosis (ICH)

ICH is a genetic mutation which affects the skin of Golden Retrievers. This results in skin that becomes dark and thick and produces dry flaking.  

Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (NCL)

NCL is a progressive degenerative disease of the central nervous system.  Signs will begin with loss of coordination during normal activity.  Dogs may also exhibit tremors, blindness and seizures.  Typical signs began around 1 year of age.  Most dogs are euthanized at a young age.  

Muscular Dystrophy (MD)

MD is a deficiency in dystrophin proteins causing degeneration of skeletal and cardiac muscles.  This is similar to human MD. Signs show up at a very young age with weakness, difficulty standing or walking and sometimes difficulty swallowing.  Most dogs are euthanized by the age of 6 months.

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia is a deformity of the hip that occurs during growth.  If uniform growth of both the ball and socket does not occur, the result is laxity of the joint followed by degenerative joint disease.  Hip dysplasia is a genetic disease that is affected by factors such as diet, environment, exercise, growth rate, muscle mass and hormones.  Puppies should be kept at normal, lean weight during growth and never overfed.  Exercise is important but too much strenuous exercise can be hard on the joints too.  

Elbow Dysplasia

Elbow dysplasia is an inherited condition that involves multiple developmental abnormalities of the elbow joint.  The elbow is a complex joint made up of 3 bones.  If the 3 bones do not fit together perfectly this can cause abnormal pressure and wears away at the cartilage resulting in severe arthritis.

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