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We are now offering the test for Cone Degeneration (CD) in the Alaskan Malamute


We are now offering the test for Cone Degeneration (CD) in the Alaskan Malamute. Cone Degeneration causes day blindness due to the degeneration of the cone-shaped light receptors in the eye which respond to bright daylight. An affected dog will begin to show signs of problems with vision at 8-12 weeks of age. These pups become day-blind and exposure to bright light is irritating or even painful. An affected dog’s night vision is unaffected by CD.

Cone Degeneration is caused by a recessive genetic mutation. This means that dogs which carry the mutation (“CARRIERS”) are normal but will pass the mutation on to an average of 50% of their offspring. Puppies which inherit two copies of the mutation will develop Cone Degeneration (“AFFECTED”).

The test, which is performed by a simple mouth swab which we post out to you, can be ordered and paid for online at https://www.animaldnadiagnostics.co.uk/. The cost is £48 incl. VAT. We also offer a bundle test for CD and polyneuropathy (AMPN) for £78 incl VAT.