Canine Degenerative Myelopathy DNA Test

Test Highlights:

  • DNA samples can be collected easily at home using buccal (cheek) swabs.
  • Dogs can be DNA tested at ANY age using the buccal swabs.
  • DNA results are emailed within 5 business days of receipt of the samples
  • Test fee is $58 (US) per canine, multi-test discounts may apply

Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) Test

Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a devastating degenerative disease of the spinal cord that can progress rapidly and cause weakness in the hind limbs and eventually paraplegia among genotypically affected dogs.

This test is available for all dog breeds. Initially, this inherited recessive disorder was thought to only affect German Shepherd Dogs; however, degenerative myelopathy has been recently diagnosed in several other dog breeds.

The DNA test is an accurate, convenient, and affordable tool to help breeders avoid producing DM at risk offspring and significantly reduce the gene frequency in future generations.


DDC Veterinary’s DNA test reveals one of the 3 possible genotypes for degenerative myelopathy:

  • CLEAR (those having 2 copies of the normal allele and appear to be normal).
  • CARRIER (those having 1 copy of the normal allele and 1 copy of the mutation and most appear to be normal).
  • AT RISK (those having 2 copies of the mutation and will likely show clinical signs.)