Reveal your horse's possible health and disease risk. Our equine DNA tests include screenings for all equine genetic diseases included on the standard 5 panel DNA test: GBED, HERDA, HYPP, MH, PSSM1, and more than 70 additional tests.
Equine Recurrent Uveitis (ERU) is the most common cause of blindness in horses, affecting about 3-15% of the horse population worldwide. Characterized by episodes of inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, Equine Recurrent Uveitis in horses leads to the development of cataracts, glaucoma and eventually complete loss of vision.
Foal immunodeficiency syndrome (FIS) is a failure in the development of the adaptive immune system. At 3-6 weeks of age, once the maternal antibodies begin to degrade, foals exhibit signs of anemia, diarrhea, and pneumonia. As these foals fail to respond to treatment for infections, they are humanely euthanized at a young age.
Glanzmann Thrombasthenia (GT) is a blood platelet function disorder, resulting from a reduction in the platelet fibrinogen receptor protein. Clinical signs can be characterized by bleeding on the skin or from the mouth/nostril/gastrointestinal mucosas, and may include skin rashes with blood spots under the skin, nasal bleeding, gastrointestinal and gingival bleedings.
Glycogen Branching Enzyme Deficiency (GBED) is a lethal recessive disorder characterized by seizures, muscle weakness, respiratory failure, and death. Many affected foals do not make it full term and are aborted or stillborn. Carriers (gbed/n) have no known issues.
Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (HERDA) is a degenerative skin disease that primarily affects the American Quarter Horse. Loose skin is often an early indication of the disease, and severe seromas, hematomas, ulcerations usually develop around 1.5 years of age. There is no cure, and the majority of affected animals have to be euthanized within 2-4 years.
Hydrocephalus (HDC) is an abnormal build up of cerebral spinal fluid around the brain. It is believed that a narrowed passage within the brain prevents normal fluid absorption, leading to an obvious external cranial distension. Affected foals are often stillborn and are associated with dystocia in the dams.