My veterinarian has never charged me to verify the dog's microchip for a DNA test. I usually plan a trip when I have other reasons to be at his office, then the verification of the dog and his signature are no big deal. I go to the original sources for the tests--U of MN for EIC and Alfort, France for CNM. The cost of the CNM test has dropped to I think $55 per dog and the turnaround time is fast. They send an email result immediately, then hard copy confirmation. Not a problem to drop it in the post to France with the label and shipping instructions provided.
Quick question as someone else already brought it up. Does UoM require sample be submit by a vet or can I do them myself, the paperwork says the encourage vet participation, but I could care less about getting a vet involved I can do my own cheek swab, heck even blood draw without them, so will the university accept a sample not sent in by a Vet. This is really for my own info, on status, I'm just curious could careless about breeding.
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I think the following statement from the University of Minn. explicitly states that taking the carriers out of our breeding pool would be detrimental to the breed.
I found this on my EIC test result pages. The bold emphasis is theirs and not mine. It contradicts what many EIC normal/clear purists are expressing in the previous posts. They even recommend the breeding of E/E (affected) dogs which has in the past rattled the RTF bus.
Here is their statement verbatim:
Current data shows that 35-40% of Labrador Retrievers are d-EIC carriers: therefore, we do not recommend selecting dogs for breeding based soley on their being N/N (normal or clear) for the DNM1:gene. Such a drastic strategy, although more quickly eliminating the possibility of producing E/E and EIC affected dogs, also has the undesired result of potentially losing many of the outstanding exercise and performance traits expected of many superior lines of Labrador Retrievers. A breeding program that utilizes E/N or even E/E dogs can be logically implemented by mating to N/N dogs and retaining E/N or N/N puppies for future breeding that also retain most or all of the other highly desired characteristics. Ther is no chance of producing an E/E puppy if it is known that at least one of the parents is N/N. In general, we recommend matings that produce fewer carriers (E/N) dogs in successive generations.
A breeding like that would take careful consideration, but shouldn't be ruled out. The whole picture needs to be looked at. I said it earlier, we can't keep narrowing the gene pool by throwing out carriers of anything. We are going to be in a huge bottleneck if we keep doing that. There are plenty of other breeds out ther that are in this position and screwed.
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Here are the brass tacks of the quoted passage from the statement from the University of Minn.
.In general, we recommend matings that produce fewer carriers (E/N) dogs in successive generations
In my estimation narrowing the gene pool by favored sire bottelneck breeding, only to then profess an attempt to broaden it again with the use of carriers in ones breeding program is contrary to the advice given above, not to mention common sense.
Simply put they advise that there should be a COMPELLING REASON for breedings potentially producing (E/N) dogs.
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In Goldens, in North America, there are only about 40% clear dogs for Ichthyosis. Not as serious a disease in Goldens (though more serious symptoms in some other breeds) as EIC in Labs, but still one that is considered in breedings. So, even if avoiding the most popular sires, one is faced with using carriers.
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Yes you can collect your sample and submit to U of Mn without a veterinarian's involvement.