10 new Embark DNA tests that keep breeders ahead

At Embark, we strive to provide our breeders with comprehensive test results that reflect the latest genomic discoveries.

We continually add markers to the microarray we use to test each dog’s DNA sample as new conditions are published, and we update our testing panel to include these tests as they are validated. (Learn more about microarray testing here.)

In the past three months, we’ve added over a dozen new tests to our testing panel. All dogs tested by Embark from now on will get results from these tests in addition to the 180+ tests Embark offers. Importantly, most dogs previously tested by Embark will also get results for most of these tests. That’s right, free updated results; just log in to your dog’s profile and take a look.

More tests, more peace of mind

Here’s a selection of  newly added genetic health variants that are known to be relevant to certain breeds. To see all the genetic health variant test results for your dog, just log in to your account. 

 

cairn terriers

Congenital Macrothrombocytopenia (TUBB1 Exon 1)

  • Description: A benign disorder of platelet production that leads to abnormally large, sparse platelets. Most affected dogs do not suffer ill effects from size or number of platelets, but affected dogs are often unnecessarily subjected to diagnostic tests.
  • Impacted breeds: Cairn Terrier, Norfolk Terrier, Lucas Terrier
  • Test update: All dogs previously tested by Embark will be provided with this result.

 

 

shetland sheepdogs

Von Willebrand Disease Type III (VWF Exon 7)

  • Description: A coagulopathy (a disorder of blood clotting), which can lead to symptoms such as easy bruising or bleeding. Dogs with coagulopathies are often at risk for excessive bleeding during veterinary procedures or trauma.
  • Impacted breed: Shetland Sheepdog
  • Test update:  All dogs previously tested by Embark will be provided with this result.

 

 

irish setter

Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency Type I, CLAD I (ITGB2)

  • Description: A rare disorder of white blood cells which causes increased susceptibility to infections and bleeding tendencies.
  • Impacted breeds: Irish Red and White Setter, Irish Setter
  • Test update: Dogs tested on chip generation 3 or after will be provided with this result.

 

 

leonberger

Juvenile-Onset Polyneuropathy, Leonberger Polyneuropathy 2 (GJA9)

  • Description: A non-painful, neurodegenerative condition leading to gradual muscle atrophy. Affected dogs may develop weakness, laryngeal paralysis and difficulty breathing as young adults.
  • Impacted breed: Leonberger
  • Test update: Dogs tested on chip generation 3 or after will be provided with this result.

 

Paroxysmal Dyskinesia (PGIN)

  • Description: A neurologic condition, often confused with a seizure disorder, that causes dogs to have episodes of abnormal movement in their hind legs. Signs typically appear in young adults.
  • Impacted breeds: Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Test update: Dogs tested on chip generation 3 or after will be provided with this result.

 

 

wire fox terrier

Congenital Hypothyroidism (TPO)

  • Description: A medically manageable condition that arises from an inability to produce the hormone thyroxine. Congenitally hypothyroid puppies may be lethargic and overweight with a characteristic “tragic” facial expression due to increased water retention in the facial folds.
  • Impacted breeds: American Hairless Terrier, Rat Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier, Teddy Roosevelt Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier
  • Test update: Dogs tested on chip generation 4 or after will be provided with this result.

 

 

tibetan spaniel

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, PRA3 (FAM161A)

  • Description: This late-onset retinal disease causes progressive, non-painful vision loss. First, rod cells are affected, leading to night blindness. Then cone cells are affected, leading to day blindness.
  • Impacted breeds: Tibetan Spaniel, Tibetan Terrier
  • Test update: Dogs tested on chip generation 3 or after will be provided with this result.

 

 

rhodesian ridgeback

Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (DIRAS1)

  • Description: At around 6 months of age, affected dogs begin to experience seizures in the front half of the body. They occur most commonly when the dog is relaxed or about to fall asleep.
  • Impacted breed: Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Test update: Dogs tested on chip generation 3 or after will be provided with this result.

 

 

old english sheepdogs

Hereditary Ataxia (RAB24)

  • Description: Affected dogs have an uncoordinated gait (ataxia).They may display ‘intention tremors,’ where a limb or head shakes violently as it approaches its target. Affected eye muscles may also cause a rhythmic eye flicking (nystagmus). Onset ranges from 6-40 months.
  • Impacted breeds: Gordon Setter, Old English Sheepdog
  • Test update: Dogs tested on chip generation 2 or after will be provided with this result.

 

 

samoyed

X-Linked Progressive Retinal Atrophy 1 (RPGR)

  • Description: This late-onset retinal disease causes progressive, non-painful vision loss. First, rod cells are affected, leading to night blindness. Then cone cells are affected, leading to day blindness Due to its X-linked inheritance, male dogs are disproportionately affected.
  • Impacted breeds: Samoyed, Siberian Husky
  • Test update: Dogs tested on chip generation 3 or after will be provided with this result.

To learn more about these and other health conditions, or to read the primary literature, click here.  Learn how to determine which microarray your dog was tested on here.

Moving the science forward

We appreciate your commitment to improving canine genetic health, and we look forward to adding more breed-related health tests to your results in the future—as a free benefit to Embark breeders. Meanwhile, If there is a genetic test for your breed that is currently not offered by Embark, please contact us at breeders@embarkvet.com for information on how to validate and add the test to Embark’s microarray.

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