DNA test - SN (Sensory neuropathy)

Details about the disease

Sensory neuropathy is a progressive disease that causes a deterioration of the sensory nerves. Affected dogs usually begin to show signs of the disease from between the age of 2 to 7 months old. The chances of survival for this condition are small as there are currently no effective treatments available. Affected dogs will often be euthanised before two years old, due to severe neurological effects.

Clinical signs

Signs of this condition may include poor coordination, loose or limp joints, the dog appearing not to spatially aware where their limbs are, knuckling of the feet, an apparent lack of sensation or pain in their limbs, chewing or excessively licking their paws or legs, urinary incontinence and regurgitation.

How is it inherited?

The disease is described as an autosomal-recessive condition. This means that a dog must inherit two copies of an abnormal gene (one from its mother and one from its father) before its health is affected. A dog that inherits only one copy of the abnormal gene (from its mother or its father) will have no signs of the disease, but will be a carrier and may pass the gene on to any offspring.

Which laboratories test for this condition?

A list of laboratories that test for SN can be found below.

Laboratories that send a copy of your dog's results straight to The Kennel Club, so you don't have to.
Laboratories Contact details

Kennel Club CombiBreed (UK)

Available as part of an all-on one health test package for Border Collies.

Read more about CombiBreed
AHT The AHT closed down on 31 July and no longer offers this test.
Web: www.aht.org.uk
Animal Genetics Phone: 01726 247788
Email: Animal Genetics
Web: www.animalgenetics.eu
Laboklin Phone: 0161 282 3066
Email: Laboklin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Web: www.laboklin.co.uk
Pet Genetics Lab Phone: 0330 057 7691
Email: Pet Genetics Lab
Web: www.petgeneticslab.co.uk  

Where will your dog's results be published?

DNA test results from these laboratories are sent directly to The Kennel Club and are recorded on to the dog's record in the registration database, and are published:

Breeding advice and what your dog's results mean

If, once your dog is DNA tested, you would like to find out what their DNA test results mean, or how to select the right mate to avoid producing affected puppies, then please read our breeding advice and DNA testing information.

How to find out if a potential mate has been DNA tested

The Kennel Club’s Health Test Results Finder allows you to find the results of DNA tests carried out as part of The Kennel Club's official DNA testing schemes for any dog on The Kennel Club’s Breed Register.